Patterns of antibiotic resistance among group B streptococcus isolates: 2001-2004

Infect Dis Obstet Gynecol. 2006;2006:57492. doi: 10.1155/IDOG/2006/57492.


The objectives were to determine the prevalence of group B streptococcus (GBS) and to characterize antibiotic resistance patterns. All pregnant women presenting to the triage units at two urban hospitals during three intervals from 2001 to 2004 were included. Each interval lasted approximately four weeks. Swabs were inoculated into selective broth and cultured on tryptic soy agar with 5% sheep blood. GBS was identified using the StrepTex latex agglutination system. GBS positive cultures were tested for their resistance to ampicillin, erythromycin, clindamycin, and cefazolin. GBS was isolated from 154 (12.2%) of 1264 swabs collected during the study period. African-American women were more likely to be colonized with GBS than Caucasians and Hispanics. Resistance to routinely administered antibiotics was common, but there were no statistically significant increases in resistance to antibiotics over the study period. Ongoing surveillance of antibiotic resistance patterns is important in determining optimal prophylaxis and therapy.

MeSH terms

  • African Americans
  • African Continental Ancestry Group
  • Anti-Bacterial Agents / pharmacology*
  • Drug Resistance, Bacterial*
  • European Continental Ancestry Group
  • Female
  • Hispanic Americans
  • Humans
  • Microbial Sensitivity Tests
  • Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy Complications, Infectious / epidemiology*
  • Pregnancy Complications, Infectious / ethnology
  • Pregnancy Complications, Infectious / microbiology
  • Prevalence
  • Streptococcal Infections / epidemiology*
  • Streptococcal Infections / ethnology
  • Streptococcal Infections / microbiology
  • Streptococcus agalactiae / drug effects*
  • Streptococcus agalactiae / isolation & purification


  • Anti-Bacterial Agents