Neonatal group B streptococcal infection: incidence and strategies for prevention in Europe

Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2004 Feb;23(2):172-3. doi: 10.1097/01.inf.0000111212.94913.5f.


We sent a questionnaire to all members of the European Society for Paediatric Infectious Diseases and to all delegates of the European Association of Perinatal Medicine to determine existing policies for prevention of neonatal group B streptococcal (GBS) infection in Europe. The incidence of GBS colonization in pregnant women and of neonatal GBS infection varies. Policies for prevention of GBS infection are not well-developed.

MeSH terms

  • Communicable Disease Control / organization & administration
  • Europe / epidemiology
  • Female
  • Health Surveys
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Infectious Disease Transmission, Vertical / prevention & control*
  • Male
  • Pediatrics
  • Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy Complications, Infectious / epidemiology
  • Pregnancy Complications, Infectious / prevention & control*
  • Primary Prevention
  • Risk Assessment
  • Societies, Medical
  • Streptococcal Infections / epidemiology
  • Streptococcal Infections / prevention & control*
  • Streptococcus agalactiae / isolation & purification*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Survival Rate