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Promoting awareness and prevention of GBS disease in babies
before birth through early infancy


– April 2020 –
We here at Group B Strep International hope you and your loved ones are healthy and safe. We are all experiencing the impact and many changes happening in daily life due to COVID-19. 

While we continue our efforts to promote GBS awareness and prevention worldwide, we want to keep you updated:
 
  1. Per US state and county guidelines, all of our staff members are working from home. This will not change our ability to provide information to parents and healthcare providers about GBS. As always, we can be reached through email, social media, and by phone (although phone wait times may be longer than usual). 
  2. You may see a delay in the shipping of GBS awareness materials. Fortunately, we also have all of our awareness materials available for download

Marti Perhach
GBSI Cofounder and CEO
Help Support Our Efforts

Today marks the 14th birthday of Group B Strep International! Over the years we have grown as an organization, exhibited and/or presented at 21 perinatal conferences worldwide, hosted three online conferences, sponsored July as International Group B Strep Awareness Month, and have been a valuable source of information to families and healthcare providers. Much of that success is due to the donations and fundraisers of our supporters.

However, during this pandemic crisis, many fundraising efforts that we depend on are having to be put on hold. While we understand that many are struggling, if you are able, we humbly ask that you make a donation to help us further our mission of spreading GBS awareness and prevention worldwide.

Group B Strep International is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

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ICGBS 2020

The International Conference on Group B Strep (ICGBS) 2020 will be held online July 20-22, 2020 with Dr. Carol J. Baker as our keynote presenter!

We welcome you to join us in this online collaboration of healthcare professionals, laboratorians, researchers, families, policy makers, and other interested individuals working to increase awareness and prevention of GBS disease in babies worldwide. Registration is complimentary!

Please share your expertise on group B strep or a relevant topic. Our Call for Abstracts is open through June 1st. 

Thank you to our Diamond Sponsor for helping to make this event possible!
 

                                       
Recent GBS Studies

A Solution to Antifolate Resistance in Group B Streptococcus: Untargeted Metabolomics Identifies Human Milk Oligosaccharide-Induced Perturbations That Result in Potentiation of Trimethoprim

"In the present study, we discovered that human milk oligosaccharides (HMOs) sensitize strains of group B Streptococcus (GBS) to trimethoprim (TMP), an antibiotic to which GBS is intrinsically resistant. ... GBS is evolving antimicrobial resistance mechanisms, and the work presented in this paper provides evidence that prebiotics such as human milk oligosaccharides can act as adjuvants to restore the utility of antibiotics."
Article

Intrapartum beta-lactam antibiotics for preventing group B streptococcal early-onset disease: can we abandon the concept of 'inadequate' intrapartum antibiotic prophylaxis? 
"Expert opinion: Recent evidence suggests that 'inadequate' IAP with beta-lactams is more effective in preventing vertical transmission of GBS than previously thought. Newborns exposed to intrapartum beta-lactams and who are asymptomatic at birth are likely uninfected, irrespective of IAP duration before delivery. Hence, we may abandon the concept of 'inadequate' IAP with beta-lactams in early-onset GBS sepsis, relying primarily on clinical signs observed at birth for managing IAP-exposed neonates."
Abstract

Universal screening versus risk‐based protocols for antibiotic prophylaxis during childbirth to prevent early‐onset Group B streptococcal disease: a systematic review and meta‐analysis 
"Conclusions: Screening‐based protocols were associated with lower incidences of EOGBS disease compared with risk‐based protocols, while not clearly overexposing women to antibiotics. This information is of relevance for future policymaking."
Article
Download free GBS awareness materials

Besides the awareness materials and promotional items in our online store, many of our GBS awareness materials are downloadable! Please email info@gbs-intl.org with any questions or special requests.

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