Acquisition and transmission of group B Streptococcus during pregnancy

J Infect Dis. 2008 Nov 1;198(9):1375-8. doi: 10.1086/592221.


Group B Streptococcus (GBS) is a major cause of neonatal sepsis and meningitis. We followed up 78 pregnant couples for < or =2 months to estimate the risk of GBS transmission. Among couples with discordant GBS status, we observed 1 male-to-female transmission event (1 of 3 couples in which the woman was GBS negative at enrollment), but no female-to-male transmission events (0 of 8 couples in which the man was GBS negative at enrollment).

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy Complications, Infectious / epidemiology*
  • Pregnancy Complications, Infectious / microbiology*
  • Streptococcal Infections / microbiology*
  • Streptococcal Infections / transmission*
  • Streptococcus agalactiae*