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Group B Strep International
Promoting awareness and prevention of GBS disease in babies before birth through early infancy
October is Prenatal-onset GBS Disease (POGBSD) Recognition Month, as well as Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month. This month we want to recognize the unhealthy outcomes that can GBS can cause for unborn babies and also to remember the many babies whose lives have ended all too soon. Being aware of these tragedies can guide us to promote healthier outcomes for all babies!
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October Observance Dates
  • POGBSD Recognition Month
  • Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month
  • October 5: World Meningitis Day
  • October 9-15: Baby Loss Awareness Week
  • October 15: World Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day with the global Wave of Light at 7pm local time
October is POGBSD Recognition Month

Did you know that group B strep can also harm babies during pregnancy? Prenatal-onset GBS disease is often overlooked or not recognized, which minimizes the potential of GBS to cause babies to be miscarried, stillborn, or born already sick each year due to being infected by GBS in the womb.

Please join us in promoting recognition of prenatal-onset GBS disease so that more pregnant women and healthcare professionals become aware that pregnancy is a distinct time period in which babies can be infected by GBS. 

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October 5 is World Meningitis Day

World Meningitis Day will now be observed October 5th each year and is an important reminder that everyone should be aware of the signs and symptoms of meningitis (infection of the fluid and lining of the brain) to obtain emergency medical treatment.

There are many different causes of meningitis which can strike anyone, with babies, young adults (16-23), older people and the immuno-compromised being at particular risk. Group B strep is a significant cause of meningitis and sepsis in babies worldwide.

Signs of GBS infection 
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Recent GBS News and Research

We are grateful to those working to better understand group B strep and prevent GBS disease in babies!

FDA Grants Breakthrough Therapy Designation to Pfizer’s Group B Streptococcus Vaccine Candidate to Help Prevent Infection in Infants Via Immunization of Pregnant Women

Streptococcus agalactiae cadD alleviates metal stress and promotes intracellular survival in macrophages and ascending infection during pregnancy

Group B streptococcal membrane vesicles induce proinflammatory cytokine production and are sensed in an NLRP3 inflammasome-dependent mechanism in human macrophages 

How GBS Got Its Hump: Genomic Analysis of Group B Streptococcus from Camels Identifies Host Restriction as well as Mobile Genetic Elements Shared across Hosts and Pathogens

Interested in learning more? Check out our GBS Medical Articles and Abstracts sorted by topic.
Test Your Knowledge on GBS

How much do you know about group B strep? Find out by taking a 10-question quiz! Share the quiz with a friend or colleague to help spread awareness of GBS!

Quizzes:
General GBS | Prenatal-onset | Early-onset | Late-onset 
Share Our GBS Awareness Materials

Check out our downloadable awareness materials ranging from our brochure on "How to Help Protect Your Baby from Group B Strep (GBS)" to a variety of informational .pdfs to hand out or post on your bulletin board!

Our awareness ribbons and logos are also available to view and download in a variety of languages.
The WAVES Study

We are working to identify gaps in care and communication surrounding GBS disease. To do this we need your help! We are asking both mothers who have had a baby infected with GBS and those who have not to share their experiences in this survey if they have conceived on or after January 1, 2003.

Please share the link gbs-intl.org/waves with your contacts and social media. Together we can wave goodbye to GBS disease! 

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Fundraise!

Looking for ways to get involved and spread awareness in your community? Consider fundraising for GBSI!  Whether it's an online fundraiser or event, every effort helps!

Ask people to donate directly online
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Help Support Our Efforts

​We are grateful for donations to help us further our mission of spreading GBS awareness and prevention worldwide.

If you'd like to set up a recurring donation on a monthly, quarterly, or yearly basis, please donate via our campaign platform.  

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

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