Group B Streptococcus and perinatal mortality

Res Microbiol. Nov-Dec 2017;168(9-10):793-801. doi: 10.1016/j.resmic.2017.04.002. Epub 2017 Apr 20.


The World Health Organization estimates that every year, one million neonatal deaths occur because of neonatal infection. Furthermore, an equal number of stillbirths are thought to be caused by infections. Here we discuss the role of Streptococcus agalactiae (group B Streptococcus, GBS) in neonatal disease and stillbirth.

Keywords: GBS; Group B Streptococcus; Neonatal disease; Stillbirth; Streptococcus agalactiae.

MeSH terms

  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Mucous Membrane / microbiology*
  • Perinatal Mortality*
  • Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy Complications, Infectious / microbiology*
  • Pregnancy Complications, Infectious / mortality
  • Pregnancy Complications, Infectious / pathology
  • Stillbirth
  • Streptococcal Infections / microbiology*
  • Streptococcal Infections / pathology
  • Streptococcus agalactiae / pathogenicity*
  • Vagina / microbiology*