Late-onset group B streptococcal disease by infected mother's milk detected by polymerase chain reaction

New Microbiol. 2007 Jul;30(3):253-4.


Late-onset Group B streptococcal (GBS) disease is a cause of illness, death and neurological sequelae in infancy. The epidemiology and pathogenesis of late-onset GBS disease is poorly defined. Infected breast-milk has been suggested as a source of postnatal infection and invasive disease. We describe a late-onset GBS disease by infected mother's milk in a term newborn in which the detection of GBS in neonatal bloodstream (confirmed by culture) and in the mother's milk was performed by PCR.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Bacteremia / microbiology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Male
  • Milk, Human / microbiology*
  • Polymerase Chain Reaction
  • Streptococcal Infections / microbiology*
  • Streptococcus agalactiae / genetics
  • Streptococcus agalactiae / isolation & purification*