Serotype distribution and antibiotic susceptibility of group B streptococci in pregnant women

Amreeta Dhanoa, Rina Karunakaran, Savithri Puthucheary

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Group B streptococcus (GBS) is a leading cause of neonatal sepsis and is usually acquired via the woman's birth canal. GBS serotypes isolated from 200 pregnant women were determined. Serotypes V (19%) and VI (17%) were the most frequent followed by serotypes III (12%), Ia (115%) and IV (10%); 17% of the strains were non-typable. All isolates were susceptible to penicillin, 96% to erythromycin and 975% to clindamycin. The emergence of new GBS serotypes has important implications for vaccine prevention strategies.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)979-981
Number of pages3
JournalEpidemiology and Infection
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2010

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