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Group B streptococcus stillbirths, deaths remain high despite vaccine feasibility

November 16, 2017

Group B streptococcal infections are a major contributor to poor health in both mothers and children and is responsible for nearly 150,000 stillbirths and infant deaths, according to a new research supplement launched at the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene Annual Meeting.

This research suggests that the if 90% of women were administered a group B streptococcus (GBS) vaccine with an efficacy of 80%, 231,000 cases of the infection might be averted in both mothers and infants. Currently, no GBS immunizations are available despite the finding that the number of GBS-related deaths is more than the combined total of deaths caused by tetanus, pertussis and respiratory syncytial virus.

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