Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Streptococcal Infection Group B Underlying Cause

Group B streptococcal infection is caused by the Group B streptococcal bacteria.

Group B streptococcal bacteria are normally present in the vagina of some women during pregnancy. Newborn infections occur when the bacteria spreads to the infant during delivery through the birth canal.

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Last Updated: Dec 14, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Streptococcal Infection Group B References
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