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Antibiotics are recommended in preterm labour to stop group B streptococcal transmission

BMJ 2017; 358 doi: (Published 13 September 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;358:j4271
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

Women who go into preterm labour before 37 weeks of pregnancy should be offered antibiotics to prevent transmission of group B streptococcal (GBS) disease to their offspring, new guidelines from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists have recommended.1

“This guidance provides clear advice to doctors and midwives on which women should be offered antibiotics to avoid passing GBS infection on to their babies,” said Peter Brocklehurst, professor of women’s health at the University of Birmingham and coauthor of the guideline. “In particular, we hope to reduce the number of early onset group B strep infections and neonatal deaths in babies born before 37 weeks.” …

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