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Date:6/17/2009

nds of tests."

One possibility might be to do additional testing later in the pregnancy, Greenberg said. Other instances in which guideline procedures aren't followed involve mothers who come in and deliver too quickly to benefit from antibiotics and women who are allergic to penicillin (although there are other treatment options for these women).

There is also a higher rate of group B strep in black infants than in others, the authors said, but the reasons for this are unclear.

Researchers are still working on a vaccine.

More information

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has more on group B strep.



SOURCES: Melissa K. Van Dyke, Ph.D., epidemiologist, GlaxoSmithKline Biologicals, Rixensart, Belgium; James M. Greenberg, M.D., director, division of neonatology, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati; June 18, 2009, New England Journal of Medicine


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