What is Group B Strep?
Group B strep is a bacteria that’s commonly found in our gastrointestinal, and lower genital tract. For the most part, group B strep doesn’t really pose a significant threat to healthy people1. People rarely get sick or even experience any group B strep symptoms, and most aren’t even aware they have it in their bodies.
However, this bacteria can potentially cause serious illness among newborn babies since their immune systems aren’t fully developed yet. Persons with compromised immune systems such as those undergoing chemotherapy or radiotherapy, and persons with HIV or AIDS are also at risk. Elderly folks with weak immune systems can also be infected with this bacteria.
Group B strep can cause the following types of infections2:
If the infection is untreated or it starts to spread throughout the body, it can eventually cause death.