BMJ 1996; 312 doi: (Published 08 June 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:1438

US advises streptococci checks in pregnancy: The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended that pregnant women have routine vaginal and rectal cultures for group B streptococci one month before delivery. They advise that women who test positive as asymptomatic carriers of group B streptococci be treated with penicillin or other antibiotics during labour. It has been estimated that 1 in 500 neonates develops group B streptococci …

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