Streptococcus agalactiae is the causative bacterium of streptococcosis and causes severe economic losses in wild and cultured fish and cattle, worldwide. In fish, infection can result in septicemia with hemorrhages on the body surface and in the external and internal organs. Streptococcus agalactiae may be isolated from brain, nares, head kidney and eye of infected fish. Streptococcus agalactiae also causes bovine mastitis and the organism can be isolated from milk samples. Streptococcus agalactiae is classified as Lancefields group B Streptococcus (GBS). There are also nine GBS capsular polysaccharide serotypes. Despite the significance of the disease, only limited information is available on the identification and characterization of the S. agalactiae isolates from fish and cattle. In the present study, GBS isolates from fish (n = 36), bottlenose dolphin (n=1) and cattle GBS isolates (n=10) were found to have a number of common phenotypic characteristics of the S. agalactiae reference strains ...
At the Royal Womens Hospital, Melbourne over an 8-year period (1981-1988) all public antenatal patients were screened at 32 weeks gestation for group B streptococcus (GBS). In a total of 30,197 livebirths there were no early onset neonatal GBS infections in infants of treated asymptomatic carrier mothers. By contrast there were 27 infections with 8 deaths in an unscreened control group of private patients (total livebirths 26,915). It is recommended that GBS screening occur antenatally at 28 weeks and that intrapartum chemoprophylaxis be offered at least to those carriers with obstetric risk factors.
Therapeutic interventions to prevent transmission of early-onset neonatal group B streptococcus (GBS) infection remain an issue for debate. No high-quality randomized prospective studies exist to guide our practice. It is unlike ly there will be a one-size-fits-all approach to prenatal GBS screening and intrapartum antibiotic prophylaxis.. Early-onset neonatal GBS infections are defined as GBS sepsis, meningitis, or pneumonia beginning at less than 7 days of life. Three approaches for preventing early-onset neonatal GBS infections have generally been used: universal screening of all pregnant women for GBS colonization, with intrapartum antibiotics given to those with positive results; universal screening of all pregnant women, with intrapartum antibiotics given only to those with positive results as well as other risk factors for GBS transmission; and intrapartum antibiotics for all women with risk factors for GBS transmission without prior screening.. Clinical risk factors for transmission are ...
In humans, Streptococcus agalactiae or group B streptococcus (GBS) is a frequent coloniser of the rectovaginal tract, a major cause of neonatal infectious disease and an emerging cause of disease in non-pregnant adults. In addition, Streptococcus agalactiae causes invasive disease in fish, compromising food security and posing a zoonotic hazard. We studied the molecular epidemiology of S. agalactiae in fish and other aquatic species to assess potential for pathogen transmission between aquatic species and humans. Isolates from fish (n = 26), seals (n = 6), a dolphin and a frog were characterized by pulsed-field gel electrophoresis, multilocus sequence typing and standardized 3-set genotyping, i.e. molecular serotyping and profiling of surface protein genes and mobile genetic elements. Four subpopulations of S. agalactiae were identified among aquatic isolates. Sequence type (ST) 283 serotype III-4 and its novel single locus variant ST491 were detected in fish from Southeast Asia and shared a 3-set
Streptococcus agalactiae (group B streptococci, GBS) are important human and animal pathogens, which can be subdivided based on different capsular polysaccharides and surface-anchored alpha-like proteins (Alps), as well as other proteins. Nearly all GBS strains possess an Alp (Alp GBS), although Alp-negative GBS (non-Alp GBS) do occur. In this study, 10 (1.1 %) of 932 clinical human GBS tested lacked an Alp encoding gene. All 10 strains were from patients with bloodstream infection, confirming that non-Alp GBS can be highly virulent. All non-Alp GBS expressed one or more of the surface-anchored proteins R3, Z1 and Z2, while less than 10 % of unselected clinical strains express any of these proteins. In contrast to Alp GBS, all non-Alp strains tested were PCR negative for the upstream sequence of the insertion site of the Alp encoding gene of Alp GBS. Genome sequencing showed that all but one of the 10 clinical non-Alp strains and the non-Alp reference strain CNCTC 10/84 lacked a region surrounding the
Awareness of Primary Care Physicians about Pregnancy Screening of Group B Streptococcus Infection at Prince Sultan Military Medical City, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Group B streptococcus is a leading cause of serious neonatal infection. Most neonatal GBS infections can be prevented through the use of intrapartum antimicrobial prophylaxis in women who are at increased risk for transmitting the infection to their newborns. However, despite clinical trials that demonstrate the effectiveness of intrapartum antibiotic prophylaxis, prevention strategies have not been implemented widely or consistently, and the incidence of neonatal GBS disease has not declined. To promote a coordinated approach to prevention among obstetric- and pediatric-care practitioners and among supporting clinical microbiology laboratory personnel, CDC has developed prevention guidelines in conjunction with experts from relevant disciplines and with representatives of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and other professional organizations. This report provides the epidemiologic basis for prevention protocols, summarizes results of ...
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TY - JOUR. T1 - The enhancement of biofilm formation in Group B streptococcal isolates at vaginal pH. AU - Ho, Yueh Ren. AU - Li, Chien Ming. AU - Yu, Chen Hsiang. AU - Lin, Yuh Jyh. AU - Wu, Ching Ming. AU - Harn, I. Chen. AU - Tang, Ming Jer. AU - Chen, Yi Ting. AU - Shen, Fang Chi. AU - Lu, Chien Yi. AU - Tsai, Tai Chun. AU - Wu, Jiunn Jong. PY - 2013/4/1. Y1 - 2013/4/1. N2 - Group B streptococcus (GBS) is a common asymptomatic colonizer in acidic vagina of pregnant women and can transmit to newborns, causing neonatal pneumonia and meningitis. Biofilm formation is often associated with bacterial colonization and pathogenesis. Little is known about GBS biofilm and the effect of environmental stimuli on their growth along with biofilm formation. The objective of this study was to investigate the survival and biofilm formation of GBS, isolated from pregnant women, in nutrient-limited medium under various pH conditions. Growth and survival experiments were determined by optical density and viable ...
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Streptococcus agalactiae is the most common cause of septicemia in newborn children. Septicemia is a condition describing the presence of pathogenic microorganisms in the blood, which then leads to sepsis, more commonly called blood poisoning. If not treated, this disease quickly leads to severe inflammation, organ failure, and death. Because newborns lack the immune systems defenses required to protect against many infections, Streptococcus agalactiae can be particularly devastating. Infection in newborns from this bacterium is generally accompanied by pneumonia or meningitis; however symptoms of these diseases are often less specific than they are in adults, and it can therefore be more difficult to diagnose the cause.. Streptococcus agalactiae is also known to cause infection in other species of mammals. One of the most significant examples is infection in cattle because of the complications caused for the dairy and beef industries. Bacterial contamination in cattle causes mastitis, an udder ...
Group B streptococcal (GBS) infections are the leading bacterial cause of serious neonatal disease in the United States (1). In 1996, in collaboration with the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, CDC issued consensus guidelines for preventing perinatal GBS disease (2--4). These guidelines recommend using either a screening-based or a risk-based strategy to identify women who should receive intrapartum antimicrobial prophylaxis. To assess adoption of the GBS disease prevention guidelines, the Connecticut and Minnesota state health departments surveyed prenatal-care providers during January--April 1998. This report presents the survey findings, which indicate that most prenatal-care providers in Connecticut and Minnesota have adopted perinatal GBS disease prevention policies and that strategy choice may vary by state and provider type. In Connecticut, surveys were mailed to all (n=576) licensed obstetricians/gynecologists (OBs). Group ...
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A two-stage typing scheme in routine use in this laboratory is described. The strains of group B streptococci (GBS) are first serotyped and then, if necessary, phage-typing is performed. Serotyping...
Streptococcus are pathogenic to cause streptococcal disease for humans and animals. Among Streptococcus spp., Gram-positive Streptococcus agalactiae (group B streptococcus; GBS) is a normal human gastrointestinal and genitourinary flora. Therefore, GBS infect more commonly the vaginas of women, especially more prevalent in the pregnant woman than those of non-pregnant woman [1] and causes early-onset or late-onset sepsis and meningitis in newborns. In fish, the major pathogenic species that cause streptococcosis are S. agalactiae (GBS), S. dysgalactiae, S. iniaee and Lactococcus garvieae, which also infect human. Multiplex PCR has been developed to differentiate these species and to identify serotypes [2], especially the GBS serotypes [3, 4].. Streptococcosis is an important disease in fish. After infection, fishes may suffer meningitis and septicemia in common [5]; however, other syndromes may be associated with fish species [6]. Streptococcal infection has been reported in rainbow trout in ...
Group B streptococcus (GBS) is a major cause of neonatal sepsis and mortality worldwide. Studies from both developed and developing countries have shown that HIV exposed but uninfected (HEU) infants are at increased risk of infectious morbidity, as compared to HIV unexposed uninfected infants (HUU). A higher susceptibility to GBS infections has been reported in HEU infants, particularly late-onset diseases (LOD) and more severe manifestations of GBS diseases. We review here the possible explanations for increased susceptibility to GBS infection. Maternal GBS colonization during pregnancy is a major risk factor for early-onset GBS invasive disease but colonization rates are not higher in HIV-infected compared to HIV-uninfected pregnant women, while selective colonization with more virulent strains in HIV-infected women is suggested in some studies. Lower serotype specific GBS maternal antibody transfer and quantitative and qualitative defects of innate immune responses in HEU infants may play a role in
Group B streptococcus (strep) is a type of bacteria. It can be found in the digestive tract, urinary tract, and genital area of adults. About 1 in 4 pregnant women carry GBS in their rectum or vagina. During pregnancy, the mother can pass the infection to the baby. The fetus can get GBS during pregnancy. Newborns can get it from the mothers genital tract during delivery.
Vertically transmitted, early-onset infection of newborns with group B streptococci (GBS) occurs in 0.4 to 3 per 1,000 live births in populations in the United States and Canada. In infants younger than one week, GBS infection can result in sepsis, pneumonia, and meningitis, with mortality rates reported between 4.7 and 9 percent. GBS infection that becomes clinically apparent after one week of age is most likely to present as meningitis and occurs in 0.2 per 1,000 live births, with a mortality rate of 2 to 2.8 percent. The Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care used an evidence-based approach to provide specific recommendations for preventing perinatal GBS infection.. Premature labor, prolonged rupture of membranes, maternal fever, and previous delivery of a GBS-infected infant are among the risk factors for perinatal GBS infection. Intrapartum chemoprophylaxis with penicillin, erythromycin, or clindamycin can reduce the rate of GBS colonization in infants by 80 to 90 percent, but ...
... is a beta-hemolytic gram-positive bacteria. It is also known as "Group B streptococcus" (or GBS). They are normally found in the gastroinstesinal flora in humans and in the female urogenital tract and rectum. S. agalatiae can act in a variety of manners, depending on the condition of the body it is residing in. It is a diplococcal gram-positive, non acid-fast bacterium found in pairs or chains. It is inmotile, does not form spores, contains the group B Lancefield antigen, and catalase-free, where it does not catalyze the reduction of hydrogen peroxide.. S. agalactiae is very sensitive to bile and will lyse if it is in contact with it as a result. The detection of S. agalactiae can be achieved in various ways, such as a CAMP (Christie Atkins Munch-Petersen) test, can be performed; however if its presence is need of controlling, i.e. infection, it can be very difficult due to the fact that it is naturally occuring in the human body. S. agalactiae is capable of serious ...
About 25 percent of pregnant women carry GBS in their rectum or vagina. In the pregnant mother, GBS infection may cause chorioamnionitis (a severe infection of the placental tissues) and postpartum (after birth) infection. Urinary tract infections caused by GBS can lead to preterm labor and birth.. Newborns can contract GBS during pregnancy, or from the mothers genital tract during labor and delivery. GBS is the most common cause of life-threatening infections in newborns, including pneumonia and meningitis. If a pregnant woman who is a group B strep carrier does not get antibiotics at the time of delivery, her baby has a 1 in 200 chance of developing GBS disease. Nearly 75 percent of the cases of GBS disease among newborns occur in the first week of life, called early-onset disease. Premature babies are more susceptible to GBS infection than full-term babies.. Although it is very rare, GBS infection may also develop in babies one week to several months after birth, called late-onset disease. ...
About 25 percent of pregnant women carry GBS in their rectum or vagina. In the pregnant mother, GBS infection may cause chorioamnionitis (a severe infection of the placental tissues) and postpartum (after birth) infection. Urinary tract infections caused by GBS can lead to preterm labor and birth.. Newborns can contract GBS during pregnancy, or from the mothers genital tract during labor and delivery. GBS is the most common cause of life-threatening infections in newborns, including pneumonia and meningitis. If a pregnant woman who is a group B strep carrier does not get antibiotics at the time of delivery, her baby has a 1 in 200 chance of developing GBS disease. Nearly 75 percent of the cases of GBS disease among newborns occur in the first week of life, called early-onset disease. Premature babies are more susceptible to GBS infection than full-term babies.. Although it is very rare, GBS infection may also develop in babies one week to several months after birth, called late-onset disease. ...
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Escherichia coli K1 and Group B Streptococcus (GBS) are the most common bacteria that cause meningitis during the neonatal period. Complement, the first line of defence in the host, acts on these bacteria to opsonize with various components of comple
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Streptococcus agalactiae bacteria. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of Streptococcus agalactiae bacteria. These Gram- positive, spherical bacteria are often found in chains, as seen here. They are the cause of mastitis (udder inflammation) in cows, and can also cause pneumonia and meningitis in babies and young children. Magnification: x4800 at 6x7cm. - Stock Image B236/0136
Intrapartum infection with group B streptococci (GBS) may lead to untoward neonatal sequelae such as pneumonia, septicemia, and meningitis. Several clinical trials have demonstrated that the use of intrapartum intravenous antibiotic prophylaxis (with penicillin being the agent of choice due to a narrower spectrum of antimicrobial activity) is highly effective to prevent early-onset neonatal GBS infections. It has been estimated that 10% to 30% of all pregnant women are GBS carriers, and it is likely that GBS colonizes virtually every female at some point. Consensus guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), and the American Academy of Pediatrics, recommend prenatal screening at 35 to 37 weeks of gestation and chemoprophylaxis at delivery based upon this culture result. The CDC-recommended method for detecting GBS colonization involves collecting a combined vaginal and rectal specimen and culturing the organism ...
Sweeping or stripping of the membranes (in this paper referred to as membrane sweeping) is a widely utilized technique to hasten delivery for women at 37+ weeks gestation. The process of membrane sweeping probably causes release of prostaglandins from the decidua and the cervix. The efficacy of membrane sweeping is well studied, and has been shown to increase the number of patients in labor within 72 hours, reduce the frequency of pregnancy continuing beyond 41 or 42 weeks, and reduce the frequency of formal induction of labor. Thus, it is a safe and practical option for women who wish to avoid inductions of labor or postterm pregnancies.. Group B streptococcus (GBS; streptococcus agalactiae) is a gram positive coccus that frequently colonizes the human genital tract. In pregnant women, GBS can cause urinary tract infections, chorioamnionitis, and postpartum endometritis. Newborn infants can also acquire GBS infection during passage through the vagina. Early onset GBS disease in the newborn ...
Rapid methods of identifying Lancefield group B streptococci were compared to the standard Fullers extraction method. Such tests as sodium hippurate hydrolysis, bile tolerance, aesculin hydrolysis, pyruvate fermentation, Camp factor, pigmentation, and bacitracin haemolysis were tested on both routine clinical specimens and National Collection of Type Culture strains. The results show that pigmentation on Islamss medium was the most definitive test available rapidly to identify group B streptococci.. ...
Group B Streptococcus (GBS; Streptococcus agalactiae) is a leading cause of serious neonatal infections. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends GBS screening for all pregnant women during the 35th to 37th weeks of gestation. Although GBS screening has been performed mainly by the culture-based method, it takes several days to obtain a reliable result. In this study, we developed a rapid immunochromatographic test (ICT) for the detection of GBS-specific surface immunogenic protein in 15 min using an overnight enrichment culture. The ICT was prepared using two anti-Sip monoclonal antibodies. This ICT was able to detect recombinant Sip levels of 0.5 ng/ml, or about 10(6) CFU/ml of GBS cells, in tests with 9 GBS strains of different serotypes. The cross-reactivity test using 26 species of microorganism showed no detectable false-positive result. Reactivity of the ICT with 229 GBS strains showed one false-negative result that was attributable to the production of truncated Sip. Among 260
Groub B Streptococcus (GBS, Streptococcus agalactiae) is the leading cause of life-threatening infections in newborns. Rapid and sensitive detection of neonatal infections and initiation of appropriate treatment is needed to minimize morbidity and mortality among newborns. PCR has proved to be a useful diagnostic tool due to its increased sensitivity and specificity and fast results.. For prenatal screening, the accuracy and timing of testing is important to prevent unnecessary use of intrapartum antibiotic prophylaxis (IAP).. The GenomEra® GBS assay simplifies and speeds up GBS testing by providing reliable results from enriched broth samples in less than one hour. The assay is suitable for both over-night and quick 4 h cultured broth enrichment samples and also for positive blood cultures.. Clinical performance. Over-night enrichment broth ...
Group B Streptococcus (GBS) is a major etiologic agent of neonatal bacterial infections and is the most common cause of sepsis and pneumonia in newborns. Surface and secreted molecules of GBS are often essential virulence factors which are involved in the adherence of the bacteria to host cells or are required to suppress the defense mechanisms of hosts. We analyzed the peptidase profiles of GBS by detection of proteolytic activities on SDS-PAGE containing copolymerized gelatin as substrate. Based on the inhibition by o-phenathroline and EGTA, three distinct peptidases of 220, 200 and 180 kDa were identified in the culture medium, besides one major cell-associated proteolytic activity, a 200-kDa metallopeptidase, suggesting that all were zinc-metallopeptidases. GBS culture supernatants, rich in metallotype peptidases, also cleaved fibronectin, laminin, type IV collagen, fibrinogen and albumin. Cleavage of the host extracellular matrix by GBS may be a relevant factor in the process of bacterial ...
One of the primary rRNA binding proteins, it binds directly to 16S rRNA where it helps nucleate assembly of the platform of the 30S subunit by binding and bridging several RNA helices of the 16S rRNA.
Many babies are exposed to GBS without any ill effects but some are susceptible to the bacteria and develop infection. When GBS gets into the bloodstream or lungs of a newborn baby, it can cause infections such as sepsis and pneumonia. Most GBS infections in babies develop within the first few hours of life (called early onset GBS infection) and, less commonly, it can develop up to the age of three months (late onset GBS infection). Late onset GBS infections are more likely to include meningitis, with many of the survivors suffering life-long disabilities.. Most GBS infection in newborn babies can be prevented by identifying which babies are at higher risk and giving the mums-to-be intravenous antibiotics during labour.. How do women know if they have GBS?. GBS colonises the intestines of around a third of humans with no symptoms at all; it is a normal body commensal (usually harmless bacteria or other organisms that normally live in or on the body. GBS normally cause no harm or symptoms to the ...
SUMMARY. Serotypes and phage types of group-B streptococci isolated from healthy and diseased human subjects and from cattle in different parts of Norway have been compared. The phage set used was found to be suitable for the study of strains from cows as well as from man.
Kevin, Janet and Marks fourth child, was born after a normal pregnancy and delivery. Several hours after birth, Kevins colour became poor and he had trouble feeding. He was sent to the intensive care nursery where antibiotics were started for suspected infection. Despite treatment, Kevin died the next day of overwhelming Group B Streptococcal infection.
GBS colonization usually does not cause problems in healthy women, nevertheless during pregnancy it can sometimes cause serious illness for the mother and the newborn. GBS is the leading cause of bacterial neonatal infection in the baby during gestation and after delivery with significant mortality rates in premature infants. GBS infections in the mother can cause chorioamnionitis (a severe infection of the placental tissues) infrequently and postpartum infections (after birth). GBS urinary tract infections (UTI) may induce labor and cause premature delivery.[4] In the western world, GBS (in the absence of effective prevention measures) is the major cause of several bacterial infections of the newborn neonatal infection septicemia, pneumonia, and meningitis, which can lead to death or long-term sequelae.[4]. GBS neonatal infection typically originates in the lower reproductive tract of infected mothers. GBS infections in newborns are separated into two clinical syndromes, early-onset disease ...
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a report on the incidence of early-onset group B streptococcus (GBS). This leading cause of neonatal sepsis results in about 2,200 infections each year among U.S. children younger than seven days of age. To improve prevention, the Active Bacterial Core Surveillance/Emerging Infections Program Network reviewed birth histories of infants with early-onset GBS infection. This report, which appears in the September 8, 2000 issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), summarizes the results of this analysis and indicates that most mothers of infants with early-onset disease did not receive intrapartum antibiotics.. According to the report, two strategies to prevent perinatal GBS disease are recommended: the risk-based and the screening-based approach. In the risk-based approach, women in labor who have risk factors for GBS transmission are offered intrapartum chemoprophylaxis. In the screening-based approach, all pregnant women ...
The sip gene encoding for a conserved highly immunogenic surface protein of Streptococcus agalactiae was amplified using polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and subcloned into prokaryotic expression vector pET32a (+) and expressed as a recombinant protein in E. coli BL21 (DE3). An indirect enzyme linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) was developed using the purified Sip protein as a coating antigen, which could identify S. agalactiae specific antibody in sera. The coating antigen at a concentration of 3.125 μg/ml, serum diluted to 1:160, and HRP-conjugated secondary antibody concentration at 1:4000 was found to be most effectivein exhibiting positive result. The ELISA was found to be highly specific for S. agalactiae that may be used for the detection of the pathogen in mastitis cases, for epidemiological studies and for surveillance.
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Group B streptococcus (GBS) is a type of bacterium that causes illness in newborn babies, pregnant women, the elderly, and adults with other illnesses, such as diabetes or liver disease. GBS is the most common cause of life-threatening infections in […]
Clinical and pathogenic aspects of Group B streptococci (GBS), as a major pathogen responsible of invasive disease in newborn infants, were investigated.. Cases of neonatal septicaemia during 1981-1994 were studied at Orebro Medical Centre Hospital. 132 children ful1filled laboratory and clinical criteria for neonatal septicaemia. The annual incidence increased significantly, from 2.3 cases during the first 7-year period to 3.3 per 1000 live births during the second 7-year period. The increase in incidence between the two 7- year periods was almost entirely due to an increase in Staphylococcus aureus ( from 9 to 32, p,O.Ol) and coagulase-negative staphylococci (CoNS) (from 7 to 20, p,0.05) and mainly affected preterm neonates 48h or more after delivery while GBS infection usually occurred in full-term children during the first 48h of life. An increased resistance among CoNS to methicillin and gentamicin was observed between the first and second 7-year period.. To study the ability of GBS to ...
A multilocus sequence typing (MLST) system for group B streptococcus (GBS) has been developed and validated on a global collection of human GBS strains isolated from carriage and invasive disease. A carriage study was performed, over a 3-year period, to establish the rate of carriage ofGBS in pregnant women in Oxford, UK. Invasive isolates were collected, prospectively and retrospectively over a similar time period. Twenty-one percent of women studied were asymptomatic carriers of GBS. The incidence of invasive GBS was 0.9/1000 live births in neonates and 6.11100,000 population >60 years. The population structure of GBS is best depicted. using MLST. as a network of related clusters indicating the presence of recomb inationa I events occurring in the population that interfere with a tree like branching structure of the population. A single hypervirulent clone ofGBS (ST-17 complex) is responsible for an excess of neonatal disease in Oxford (odds ratio 3.4). The possibility that a factor other than ...
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Its about time that every pregnant mother is routinely tested for Group B Streptococcus (GBS) or at the very least advised of the risks of not being tested!. £11* is the cost to the NHS of the test which will diagnose whether an expectant mother is a carrier of GBS compared to an award of over £15 million pounds for an average child diagnosed and compensated for Cerebral Palsy.. *One could further argue that the true cost is far less than £11 as the facilities and clinicians are already in place in the Hospital Trusts. Surely it is now time to investigate every expectant mother for GBS or at the very least give expectant mothers the choice. The test is around £35 if bought privately.. However, the importance is not just with identifying a mother as a carrier but to ensure appropriate steps are taken to then offer a mother in labour appropriate antibiotics and monitor the child post-delivery to ensure GBS infection has been prevented.. GBS can cause serious infections but if it is detected ...
Interpretive Summary: Streptococcus spp., including Streptococcus agalactiae (Lancefield group B streptococci) are considered emerging Gram positive bacterial pathogens responsible for approximately $1 billion USD in annual losses to the $7 billion global tilapia (Oreochromis sp.) aquaculture industry. There is an urgent need to identify different capsular types of S. agalactiae from farmed and wild fish in order to combat Streptococcus disease. This study evaluated a published multiplex polymerase chain reaction (PCR) capsular typing assay and commercially available antiserum to assign capsular type to a total of 40 S. agalactiae isolates including American Type Culture Collection (ATCC) isolates as controls. The capsule is a sugar containing material on the surface of these bacteria that is important for virulence and antigenicity including serotype. The evaluated multiplex PCR was modified from the original description to include primers specific for capsular types Ia, Ib, II and III. These ...
Streptococcus agalactiae Srr-1 protein: a surface protein that binds human keratin 4 and promotes adherence to epithelial HEp-2 cells; SwissProt TREMBL Q8E473
Group B streptococcus (GBS) infection of the hip in otherwise healthy adults is a rare entity that is previously only reported following peripartum gynaecological procedure and instrumentation. We report a case of infection of the hip with GBS following spontaneous abortion. Delay in identification of infection as the cause of pain ultimately leads to irreversible joint destruction. This case report will heighten the awareness of the first contact providers as well as orthopaedic surgeons to be more vigilant for possible septic complications associated with gynaecological procedures/complications and subsequent painful joints. To our knowledge, this is the only case report showing association of GBS infection in hip associated with spontaneous abortion. ...
COGEM released a comprehensive database of pathogenicity assessment of around 2575 bacterial species in 2011. The database ranks the pathogenicity of species on a scale of 1 to 4. Streptococcus agalactiae ranks 2 on this scale: Species that can cause diseases in humans or animals, which are unlikely to spread in the human population and for which an adequate prophylaxis or therapy ...
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The Emerging Infections Programs (EIPs), a population-based network involving 10 state health departments and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, complement and support local, regional, and national surveillance and research efforts. EIPs depend on collaboration between public health agencies and clinical and academic institutions to perform active, population-based surveillance for infectious diseases; conduct applied epidemiologic and laboratory research; implement and evaluate pilot prevention and intervention projects; and provide capacity for flexible public health response. Recent EIP work has included monitoring the impact of a new conjugate vaccine on the epidemiology of invasive pneumococcal disease, providing the evidence base used to derive new recommendations to prevent neonatal group B streptococcal disease, measuring the impact of foodborne diseases in the United States, and developing a systematic, integrated laboratory and epidemiologic method for syndrome-based surveillance.
The revised 2010 GBS American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines for neonatal management were designed to broaden the scope to include all neonates, to increase the clarity of the recommendations, and to decrease unnecessary laboratory evaluations and empirical antibiotics for infants at low risk. Although this strategy will never prevent all infections, the revised guidelines should result in a further decrease in cases of perinatal GBS disease. The management of neonates continues to be based on clinical signs, the presence of maternal risk factors for GBS neonatal disease, and the likely efficacy of IAP (or maternal antimicrobial treatment in the case of clinical or occult chorioamnionitis) in preventing early-onset disease. The revised infant management algorithm (Fig 1) is derived from recent data summarized in the published CDC document regarding the epidemiology of GBS disease and the usefulness of a "limited evaluation" of well-appearing neonates.. All newborn infants with signs suggestive ...
ABSTRACT: In 2010, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revised its guidelines for the prevention of perinatal group B streptococcal disease. Although universal screening at 35-37 weeks of gestation and intrapartum antibiotic prophylaxis continue to be the basis of the prevention strategy, these new guidelines contain important changes for clinical practice. The Committee on Obstetric Practice endorses the new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations, and recognizes that even complete implementation of this complex strategy will not eliminate all cases of early-ons... ...
This work provides novel evidence that elevated expression of a virulence factor promotes GBS penetration of the amniotic cavity, a critical step in the pathway to preterm birth and fetal injury. Currently, there is no effective vaccine to prevent maternal to infant transmission of GBS. Knowledge of virulence factors associated with preterm birth and neonatal infections will allow for a more informed approach toward strategies for prevention of GBS infections. We have demonstrated that hemolysin promotes GBS invasion of placental cells and that hyper-hemolytic strains are more proficient in disruption of the amniotic barrier and penetration of placental membranes. We predict that environmental changes in the lower genital tract (e.g., neutral pH; Santi et al., 2009) may be sensed by sensor kinases, such as CovS, to alleviate CovR repression, thus triggering an increase in hemolysin expression that mediates ascending GBS infection. Alternatively, mutations in hemolysin regulators such as covR/S ...
The advantage direct probe detection offers is a savings of 24 to 48 h in turnaround time (TAT) in detecting group B Streptococcus (GBS). Additionally because the assay is not an amplified molecular assay, there are no template contamination concerns when running the test. Conventional and real-time PCR assays have been developed for the rapid detection of GBS. GBS-PCR tests performed with alternative specimen types including amniotic fluid, neonatal screening swabs, blood, breast milk, urine, and serum have been described in the literature. A rapid and sensitive intrapartum real-time PCR assay offers the advantage of ascertaining the colonization status before delivery. A multiplex PCR-based reverse line-blot hybridization assay and partial sequence of cps gene has been used to compare the distribution of GBS serotypes, serotype III subtypes, and antibiotic resistance-associated genes. Determination of serotype is also epidemiologically important with respect to the proposed development of a
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Data covering the specified period, on bacteriological culture of all bulk tank milk samples collected annually as part of the mandatory Danish S. agalactiae surveillance scheme, were extracted from the Danish Cattle Database and subsequently analysed. There was an increasing trend in both the incidence and prevalence of S. agalactiae over the study period. Per 100 herd-years the value of β was 54.1 (95% confidence interval [CI] 46.0-63.7); entry rate 0.3 (95% CI 0.2-0.4); infection-related exit rate 7.1 (95% CI 5.6-8.9); non-infection related exit rate 9.2 (95% CI 7.4-11.5) and recovery rate 40.0 (95% CI 36.8-43.5). This study demonstrates a need to tighten the current controls against S. agalactiae in order to lower its incidence ...
Testing for GBS at The Doctors Laboratory has, to date, used an Enriched Culture Medium (ECM) specifically designed for the isolation of GBS in swabs. This method is not routinely provided by the NHS. Two swabs (lower vaginal and rectal) need to be cultured at 35-37 weeks gestation to best predict colonisation with GBS around the time of delivery. TDL provides a high level service for testing of GBS using the ECM method for the detection of Group B Streptococcus (GBS) in pregnant women at the time of delivery or at any other stage of their pregnancy.. ...
Co-investigators: Gaurav Kwatra, Odile Harrison, Martin Maiden, Arshad Ismail, Rob Hedyerman, Andrea Gori. Group B streptococcus is a leading cause of neonatal invasive disease. This is traditionally further categorised as early onset disease (EOD; occurring at ,7 days of age) which most commonly presents as sepsis, and late onset disease (LOD occurring between 7-89 days) that presents as sepsis or meningitis (40-50%). Furthermore, GBS has been associated with stillbirth. There is limited information on the genotypes of GBS causing maternal colonization and invasive disease among infants or associated with stillbirths in Africa, including South Africa. Investigating the genetic diversity of GBS could inform vaccine development, and would also be important to continue to monitor post-vaccine introduction to determine whether vaccination induces immunological pressure which might result in genetic changes aimed at evading vaccine induced immunity. This study will characterize GBS genotypes among ...
Bloodstream infections in newborns can lead to serious complications with substantial morbidity and mortality. Whats more, the pathogens responsible for neonatal infections have changed over time. In recent years, however, antibiotic prophylaxis given to at-risk mothers has reduced the incidence of early-onset group B streptococcal infections among their babies.. A new nationwide, multi-site study aimed at determining current early-onset sepsis rates among newborns, the pathogens involved, and associated morbidity and mortality demonstrates that the most frequent pathogens associated with sepsis are group B streptococci (GBS) in full-term infants and Escherichia coli in preterm infants.. The study, which included nearly 400,000 newborns, also found that infection rates in newborns increased with decreasing gestational age and birth weight. The overall rate of infection was 0.98 per 1,000 live births; 0.41 per 1,000 live births involving GBS and 0.28 per 1,000 live births involving E. ...
AIMS: Lower vaginal swabs were collected to compare the intrapartum polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test to the standard antepartum culture for detection of group B streptococcus (GBS) colonisation. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Four hundred and forty-five
Group B streptococci (GBS) are important pathogens of newborn infants, causing sepsis and/or meningitis, of early-onset or late-onset. GBS also cause bacteremia in parturients, the elderly and the...
Author Summary Preterm birth is a major health concern globally as it is not only a leading cause of neonatal death, but also has long term consequences including defective brain development. Infection of vagina and cervix of pregnant women with the bacteria, Group B Streptococcus (GBS), causes chorio-amnionitis that significantly increases the probability of preterm births. We report that, GBS produces small extracellular membrane vesicles (MVs) which are toxic to both fetal and maternal cells. In animal studies, we found that the MVs disrupt the connective tissue of the fetal membrane reducing its mechanical strength which may cause premature rupture of amniotic sac. Further we show that even in absence of the bacteria, the MVs directly led to extensive inflammation in the mouse resulting in chorio-amnionitis, preterm births and still births. Collectively, our findings reveal how GBS while colonizing the lower genitourinary tract might orchestrate events at the fetal membrane leading to premature
GBS carriage can be detected during pregnancy by taking a swab of both the vagina and rectum for special culture. Physicians who culture for GBS carriage during prenatal visits should do so late in pregnancy (35-37 weeks gestation). Cultures collected earlier do not accurately predict whether a mother will have GBS at delivery.. A positive culture result means that the mother carries GBS -- not that she or her baby will definitely become ill. Women who carry GBS should not be given oral antibiotics before labor because antibiotic treatment at this time does not prevent GBS disease in newborns. An exception to this is when GBS is identified in urine during pregnancy. GBS in the urine should be treated at the time it is diagnosed. Carriage of GBS, in either the vagina or rectum, becomes important at the time of labor and delivery -- when antibiotics are effective in preventing the spread of GBS from mother to baby.. ...
Even if you are not showing any strep symptoms you should go for a Group B Streptococcus test as one in every 2,000 babies can become a victim of this disease.
ABCs personnel routinely contacted all microbiology laboratories serving acute care hospitals in their area to identify cases. Standardized case report forms that include information on demographic characteristics, clinical syndrome, and outcome of illness were completed for each identified case. Regular laboratory audits assessed completeness of active surveillance and detected additional cases.. Rates of early-onset and late-onset group B streptococcal disease were calculated using live birth estimates for 2009. All other rates were calculated using population estimates for 2010. For national estimates of cases, race- and age-specific rates of disease were applied from the aggregate surveillance area to the age and racial distribution of the 2010 U.S. population and to the 2009 live birth estimates for early-onset and late-onset disease. Cases with unknown race were distributed by area based on reported race distribution for known cases within the eight age categories.. ...
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According to Mayo Clinic, strep B, also referred to as group B streptococcus, is a bacterium that is commonly found the intestines and lower genital tracts. Strep B is typically not harmful to adults...
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Improving maternal, newborn, and child health is central to Sustainable Development Goal targets for 2030, requiring acceleration especially to prevent 5.6 million deaths around the time of birth. Infections contribute to this burden, but etiological data are limited. Group B Streptococcus (GBS) is an important perinatal pathogen, although previously focus has been primarily on liveborn children, especially early-onset disease. In this first of an 11-article supplement, we discuss the following: (1) Why estimate the worldwide burden of GBS disease? (2) What outcomes of GBS in pregnancy should be included? (3) What data and epidemiological parameters are required? (4) What methods and models can be used to transparently estimate this burden of GBS? (5) What are the challenges with available data? and (6) How can estimates address data gaps to better inform GBS interventions including maternal immunization? We review all available GBS data worldwide, including maternal GBS colonization, risk of ...
Improving maternal, newborn, and child health is central to Sustainable Development Goal targets for 2030, requiring acceleration especially to prevent 5.6 million deaths around the time of birth. Infections contribute to this burden, but etiological data are limited. Group B Streptococcus (GBS) is an important perinatal pathogen, although previously focus has been primarily on liveborn children, especially early-onset disease. In this first of an 11-article supplement, we discuss the following: (1) Why estimate the worldwide burden of GBS disease? (2) What outcomes of GBS in pregnancy should be included? (3) What data and epidemiological parameters are required? (4) What methods and models can be used to transparently estimate this burden of GBS? (5) What are the challenges with available data? and (6) How can estimates address data gaps to better inform GBS interventions including maternal immunization? We review all available GBS data worldwide, including maternal GBS colonization, risk of ...
1LXM: Structure and flexibility of Streptococcus agalactiae hyaluronate lyase complex with its substrate. Insights into the mechanism of processive degradation of hyaluronan.
1. Grether JK,.Nelson KB. Maternal infection and cerebral palsy in infants of normal birth weight. 2. Murphy DJ, Sellers S, MacKenzie IZ, Yudkin PL, Johnson AM. Case-control study of antenatal and intrapartum risk factors for cerebral palsy in very preterm singleton babies. Lancet 1995;346:1449-54. 3. Levy SB. The challenge of antibiotic resistance. Scientific American 1998;278:46-53. 4. Parliamentary Select Committee. House of Lords enquiry into antimicrobial resistance. Commun Dis Rep CDR Wkly 1998;8:147, 150. 5. Isaacs D, Barfield CP, Grimwood K, McPhee AJ, Minutillo C, Tudehope DI. Systemic bacterial and fungal infections in infants in Australian neonatal units. Australian Study Group for Neonatal Infections. Med J Aust 1995;162:198-201. 6. Australasian Study Group for Neonatal Infections. Early-onset group B streptococcal infections in Aboriginal and non- Aboriginal infants. Med J Aust 1995;163:302-6. 7. Donoghue, D. and the ANZNN. Report of the Australian and New Zealand Neonatal Network ...
The Xpert GBS real-time PCR assay for the recognition of group B streptococci (GBS) in antepartum screening samples was evaluated on amniotic fluid samples collected from 139 women with premature rupture of membrane at term. 12 h before delivery. Intrapartum antibiotic prophylaxis (IAP) reduces significantly the incidence of EO-GBSD (2). It is still debated whether this IAP will favor colonization by antibiotic-resistant bacteria (3, 4). In France, the strategy to determine ladies for targeted IAP is based on universal antenatal testing with vaginal tradition at 35 to 37 weeks ATF3 gestation (5). GBS tradition MRS 2578 remains the platinum standard for the detection of GBS colonization. However, its turnaround time (TAT) varies from 18 to 72 h, which makes it not adapted for intrapartum screening. Term PROM is definitely defined as the spontaneous rupture of membranes more than 12 h at term before the onset of regular uterine contractions. PROM at term affects 8 to 10% of pregnant women (6). ...
Bacterial meningitis can be caused by several species of encapsulated bacteria, including Haemophilus influenzae, Neisseria meningitidis, Streptococcus pneumoniae, and Streptococcus agalactiae (group B streptococci). H. influenzae affects primarily young children and neonates, N. meningitidis is the only communicable pathogen and mostly affects children and young adults, S. pneumoniae affects mostly young children, and S. agalactiae affects newborns during or shortly after birth ...
maternal genitourinary, GI tract, pregnant woman의 20%에서 colonize. - 보통은 pregnant woman이 asymptomatic 하지만 UTI, chorioamnionitis, endometritis를 일으킬 수도있다.. - colonized mother에서 태어난 infant는 40-70% colonization된다. - colonization rate에 영향을 주는 factor. ; maternal factor (low socioechonomic status, teenage status, sexual acitvity). choice of media, the number and location of body site sampled in the mother. newborn infant ; external auditory canal. 48hr-old neonate ; throat, anorectum, umbilicus. - vertical transmission (50%). ; ascending infection through ruptured amniotic membranes or contamination after passage through the colonized birth canal. - ruptured membrane없이도 infection이 올 수 있다. - ruptured membrane 시간과 early onset GBS infection과는 직접적인 연관성이 있. 다. - infant-to-infant, adult-to-adult transmission은 late onset GBS infection의 원이. 이며 드물게 nursery epidemic의 원인이 될 ...
After sequencing multiple strains of GBS, we found that eight genomes are not enough to identify all genes present in this species, and mathematical modeling made the surprising prediction that even hundreds of genomes might not be sufficient. These findings have implications for pathogenesis, vaccine design, evolution, and the concept of species and suggest that the research strategies for microbial genomes may need to be reconsidered.. The Bacterial Pan-Genome. Regression analysis showed that in the case of GBS and GAS, the bacterial pan-genome is vast because new genes continue to be added to the gene pool of the species any time a new strain is sequenced. In this view, the core genome would then represent only a small fraction of the pan-genome. This theory challenges our concept of limited variability within a bacterial species, as has been suggested recently (33), and raises the question of whether such large numbers of genes are actually available. More accurate estimates of the size of ...
Virulence of Staphylococcus aureus and Streptococcus agalactiae; Gene regulation, resistance to oxydative stress, cell surface components and bacterial-host interactions. Our research is centered on the modification of gene expression in response to environmental signals, particularly stress response and two-component signal transduction, and the role of these systems in the virulence of Staphylococcus aureus and Streptococcus agalactiae. Our goal is to decipher the regulatory networks involved in the production of virulence factors and survival of pathogens within the host. Major research topics are: in vitro and in vivo gene regulation, bacterial-host interactions (adhesion, invasion, colonization), and biofilm formation ...
Our immune systems are really a wonder of efficiency and adaptability. In fact, they are essentially mini-evolution machines, running in real time. You see, with the number of pathogens we have the potential to encounter in our environment, encoding even a single fighter molecule for each of these would require more genes than we have in our entire genomes. Not to mention that pathogens evolve just like everything else (think new strains of flu every year), and so having static defenses is only marginally better than having no defenses at all. Ok, let me qualify that-- we have static immune systems too (skin being the biggest organ and biggest participant in that system), and we would not be able to hold off the assault of all the pathogens we encounter in our daily lives without that innate immune system. But neither could we do without the adaptive one-- the one we hear the most about, the one that has those famed antibodies as major players.. Antibodies are molecules made by the cells of our ...
The relative importance of GBS as a cause of meningitis has grown considerably in recent years. GBS is responsible for over 85 % of bacterial meningitis in children under two months old, says Edwards. Vaccination with the newer pneumococcal vaccines has led to enormous reductions in meningitis from these bacteria. . Currently the trial is already underway for a developed GBS vaccine from Novartis Vaccines & Diagnostics.. The effects of invasive GBS infection in infants is just over 2,000 cases per year in the United States. Among those with infection of the bloodstream, 10 to 20 % can also develop meningitis.. ...
Thus, one possible explanation for the observed HLA associations with HIV disease outcome could be that the specific HIV epitopes presented by different HLA-B molecules have an important bearing on the effectiveness of the CD8+ T-cell response. A common feature of the immunodominant epitopes presented by HLA alleles that are associated with slow HIV disease progression, HLA-B*27/*57/*5801/*8101, is that these are all within the highly abundant and conserved Gag capsid (p24) protein [45, 57-61]. Group B streptococcal disease in infants: a case control study. Archives of Disease in Childhood. 2009;94:674-80. 26. Merenstein GB. Neonatal sepsis. Current Opinion in Infectious Diseases. 1992;5:553-7. 27. Johnson CE, Whitwell JK, Pethe K, Saxena K, Super DM. Term newborns who are at risk for sepsis: are lumbar punctures necessary? Pediatrics. 1997;99:E10. 28. Fielkow S, Reuter S, Gotoff SP. Cerebrospinal fluid examination in symptom-free infants with risk factors for infection. J Pediatr. ...
Most pregnant women who carry GBS bacteria have healthy babies. However, theres a small risk that GBS can pass to the baby during childbirth.
Abstract Group B streptococcus (GBS) remains worldwide a leading cause of severe neonatal disease. Since the end of the 1990s, various strategies for prevention of the early onset neonatal disease have been implemented and have evolved. When a universal antenatal GBS screening-based strategy is used to identify women who are given an intrapartum antimicrobial prophylaxis, a substantial reduction of incidence up to 80% has been reported in the USA as in other countries including European countries. However recommendations are still a matter of debate due to challenges and controversies on how best to identify candidates for prophylaxis and to drawbacks of intrapartum administration of antibiotics. In Europe, some countries recommend either antenatal GBS screening or risk-based strategies, or any combination, and others do not have national or any other kind of guidelines for prevention of GBS perinatal disease. Furthermore, accurate population-based data of incidence of GBS neonatal disease are ...
A young infant has suffered an invasive and potentially deadly bacterial infection...twice! Now the CDC is warning that maternal placentophagy may have played a role.. ...
When you hold your newborn in your arms for the very first time you hope to love, cherish and protect him/her forever but sadly some infants grow their angel wings earlier than others.. I recently spoke to a young woman who kindly agreed to an interview with me ...
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The objective of this study was to identify group B streptococcus (GBS) colonization rates and compare detection efficiency of selective versus non-selective culture media and anorectal versus vaginal cultures in women with preterm labor and preterm-premature rupture of membranes (PROM). A prospective cohort study of 203 women was performed. Two vaginal and two anorectal samples from each woman were collected using sterile swabs. Two swabs (one anorectal and one vaginal) were placed separately in Stuart transport media and cultured in blood-agar plates for 48 hours; the other two swabs were inoculated separately in Todd-Hewitt selective media for 24 hours and then subcultured in blood-agar plates. Final GBS identification was made by the CAMP test. A hundred thrity-two cultures out of 812 were positive. The maternal colonization rate was 27.6%. Colonization rates were 30% for preterm PROM and 25.2% for preterm labor. Todd-Hewitt selective medium detected 87.5% and non-selective medium 60.7% ...
A WOMAN whose newborn grand-daughter died from “Strep B” infection has told MSPs that expectant mothers across Scotland should be offered screening to prevent future tragedies.
Confused.com. Read the Mums Stuff website which sends you the home test kit for free. You then send it off to the lab & they text you the results - positive or negative. My point is - if the midwives/hospital are that adament that there is no need to test me (believe me, I have asked several times!) then why would they then willing treat me for Strep B based on a TEXT RESULT from a HOME KIT? Im worried that theyll just think Im interferring with their jobs? X Nichola 34weeks xxx
Who did/ didnt have strep B test ? I find it hard cos I could have it now and not in 2 days or test negative now but then have it at birth?! - page 2
According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, GBS can be found in up to 40% of pregnant women. A woman with GBS can pass it on to her fetus when she is pregnant or to her baby during delivery or after birth. Despite a 70% decline in incidence during the past decade, early-onset GBS remains a leading cause of infectious disease among newborn. In 2002, the CDC updated their GBS prevention guidelines to recommend universal prenatal screening for vaginal and rectal group B strep colonization of all pregnant women at 35-37 weeks gestation. If you are pregnant, the following links are to information that may assist you in reducing the chances of your baby being infected.. ...
Strep B is a very serious bacterial infection threatening the health of 7,500 newborn babies each year in the USA. 6% of the infected babies die, oftern in the first week oflife; of those infants who survive, 20% have brain damage, hearing loss or blindness. The infection is the most common cause in the newborn of sepsis (infection in the blood) and meningitis (infection of membranes covering the brain). The infant becomes infected during delivery, getting the infection from an unsuspecting mother, who is often symptom free. 10% to 30% of pregnant women have a Strep B infection but have no symptoms. The U. S. Public Health Service Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (the CDC) has issued guidelines recommending that all pregnant women be screened for Streptococcus B Infection (Strep B).. Stroke ...
We found that our local algorithm for neonatal sepsis evaluation based on the CDC 2010 revised GBS guidelines resulted in a decrease in the frequency of sepsis evaluation as well as in the costs associated with those evaluations, without detectable short-term harm.. In previous work, we predicted that implementation of the CDC 2010 criteria for evaluation would result in a significant decrease in EOS evaluations among term and late preterm infants.13 We found that the change in approach to inadequate GBS prophylaxis itself resulted in a 25% decrease in EOS evaluations, with no evidence that clinicians shifted to other criteria for EOS evaluation.. The observed declines in EOS evaluation and laboratory testing had no apparent negative effects within the horizon of our study. It was possible that eliminating 25% of EOS evaluations immediately after birth might lead to an increase in NICU evaluation and/or admission at later points in newborn hospital care, due to later recognition of symptoms. ...
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The objective of this proposal is to understand how the pigment causes host cell lysis and induces an immune response and to also define how pigment mediated activation of host cells affects Group B streptococcal (GBS) infection colonization and infection-associated preterm births.. ...
Group B streptococcus (GBS) infection is a bacterial infection that is believed to cause 1 to 2 of every 1,000 babies born in the United States to become sick or die. It should not be confused with Group A streptococcus, which commonly causes strep throat and, rarely, a potentially deadly destruction of flesh.
TY - JOUR. T1 - Late-onset invasive group B streptococcal infection with serotype VIII in a neonate having congenital biliary atresia. AU - Takei, Tomoaki. AU - Chiba, Naoko. AU - Fujita, Hisayo. AU - Morozumi, Miyuki. AU - Kuwata, Yusuke. AU - Kishii, Kozue. AU - Ubukata, Kimiko. AU - Iwata, Satoshi. AU - Takahashi, Takashi. PY - 2013/2. Y1 - 2013/2. N2 - A female newborn was admitted to our department 15 days after birth for insufficient sucking and jaundice. The patients blood and urine cultures were both positive for group B streptococcal (GBS) infection. A maternal vaginal sample at 35 weeks gestation was negative for GBS in culture-based microbiologic screening. The patient recovered shortly after receiving systemic antibiotic therapy. On the basis of clinical evidence of white stool and progressive jaundice, we suspected that the newborn had complications related to congenital biliary atresia (CBA); surgery was performed. Isolates from the mothers vaginal sample obtained when the ...
Nucleotide excision repair (NER) is a mechanism to recognize and repair bulky DNA damage caused by compounds, environmental carcinogens, and exposure to UV-light. In humans hereditary defects in the NER pathway are linked to at least three diseases: xeroderma pigmentosum (XP), Cockayne syndrome (CS), and trichothiodystrophy (TTD). The repair of damaged DNA involves at least 30 polypeptides within two different sub-pathways of NER known as transcription-coupled repair (TCR-NER) and global genome repair (GGR-NER). TCR refers to the expedited repair of lesions located in the actively transcribed strand of genes by RNA polymerase II (RNAP II). In GGR-NER the first step of damage recognition involves XPC-hHR23B complex together with XPE complex (in prokaryotes, uvrAB complex). The following steps of GGR-NER and TCR-NER are similar ...
A group A streptococcal infection is an infection with group A streptococcus (GAS). Streptococcus pyogenes comprises the vast majority of the Lancefield group A streptococci, and is often used as a synonym for GAS. However, S. dysgalactiae can also be group A. S. pyogenes is a beta-hemolytic species of Gram positive bacteria that is responsible for a wide range of both invasive and noninvasive infections. Infection of GAS may spread through direct contact with mucus or sores on the skin. GAS infections can cause >500,000 deaths per year. Despite the emergence of antibiotics as a treatment for group A β-hemolytic streptococcus, infection of GAS is an increasing problem, particularly on the continent of Africa. There are many other types of streptococci (species of Streptococcus), including group B streptococcus (Streptococcus agalactiae) and Streptococcus pneumoniae, which cause other types of infections and should not be confused with group A strep. Several virulence factors contribute to the ...
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The gene sequence for the circular chromosomes of twelves pecies of streptococci have been sequenced: Streptococcus pneumoniae, Streptococcus agalactiae 2603 V/R , Streptococcus mutans, Streptococcus thermophilus CNRZ1066, Streptococcus thermophilus LMG 18311, and Streptococcus pyogenes. The genome of Streptococcus pyogenes is 1,852,442 base pairs long, containing 1,752 predicted protein-coding genes. Researchers have identified more than 40 virulence-associated genes on the S. pyogenes genome, which fits in with its ability to cause a variety of human diseases. Researchers also found numerous genes that encode proteins that aid in "molecular mimicry," when the bacterium disguises itself by posing as a cell that is a part of the host. The genome of S. pneumoniae is 2,038,615 base pairs long with 2,043 predicted protein-coding regions. S. pneumoniae has a high capacity for DNA uptake, and consequently its genome contains many genes that are most likely derived from other bacteria. More than 53% ...
AIM: To evaluate Lancefield grouping and caramel smell for presumptive identification of the Streptococcus milleri group, and to find whether Lancefield group, species, or protein profile correlated with virulence or infection site. METHODS: Prospective studies were made of 100 consecutive streptococcal isolates in blood cultures or pus from 100 patients in whom the severity of infection was categorised as serious, moderate, or not significant. The usefulness of Lancefield group and the caramel smell for presumptive identification was examined, and the relation of the S milleri species, Lancefield group, and SDS-PAGE protein analysis to severity of infection and infection site was investigated. Lower respiratory tract and genital tract specimens, strict anaerobes, group D streptococci, and strains identified as Streptococcus pneumoniae, Streptococcus pyogenes, or Streptococcus agalactiae were excluded. RESULTS: Most streptococci occurring in pure or significant growth density were S milleri ...
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Bacterial meningitis remains a serious cause of morbidity and mortality in childhood, despite the availability of effective vaccines against Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) or Streptococcus pneumoniae. The purpose of this study was to analyze data on bacterial meningitis cases in Korea from 1996 through 2005. The information of all hospitalized bacteria-proven meningitis cases was obtained from 17 university hospitals nationwide. A total of 402 cases were identified. Of these, 125 (29.9%) cases were neonates. Streptococcus agalactiae was the most common bacteria responsible for 99 (24.6%) of all cases regardless of age, followed by S. pneumoniae for 91 (22.6%) and H. influenzae for 67 (16.7%) patients. The common etiology beyond the neonatal period was S. pneumoniae for 91 (33.0%) followed by H. influenzae for 63 (22.8%) patients. The overall case fatality rate was 9.4%, which was similar with that in 1986-1995. In conclusion, S. agalactiae, S. pneumoniae and H. influenzae were important ...
This thesis focuses on host and pathogen specific interactions during invasive disease. We have investigated the role and impact of different virulence factors of Neisseria gonorrhoeae, N. meningitidis and Streptococcus pyogenes on host epithelial cells and in vivo. N. gonorrhoeae cause the sexually transmitted disease gonorrhoea and N. meningitidis is the most common cause of bacterial meningitis and may be leathal to the host within hours of infection. The neisserial type IV pili were shown to have an important impact on host cells for the induction of pro-inflammatory and other cellular defence transcriptional responses. Furthermore, N. meningitidis generally induced an earlier response compared to N. gonorrhoeae, probably as a result of the meningococcal capsule. The role of N. meningitidis serogroup B lipooliogsaccharide was investigated during invasive disease. Bacterial invasion of host cells and blood survival as well as virulence in vivo was dependent on the integrity of the LOS ...