Group B beta haemolytic streptococci in the female genital tract: a study of four clinic populations

Br J Obstet Gynaecol. 1978 Oct;85(10):783-6. doi: 10.1111/j.1471-0528.1978.tb15603.x.


The carrier rate of group B beta-haemolytic streptococci (GBS) was assessed in pregnant and non-pregnant women attending four clinics. Multiple sites were sampled and standard methods were used to isolate GBS. Colonization rates were highest in patients attending a venereal disease clinic but were not associated with other sexually transmitted diseases. Higher colonization rates were detected when multiple sites were sampled. Serotypes II and III occurred most frequently.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Carrier State
  • Female
  • Genitalia, Female / microbiology*
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy Complications, Infectious / microbiology
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases / complications
  • Streptococcal Infections / complications
  • Streptococcal Infections / transmission
  • Streptococcus agalactiae / isolation & purification*