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Neonatal group B streptococcal infection in South Bedfordshire, 1993–1998
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    Confirmed GBS infection - the tip of the iceberg

    Dear Editor:

    Beardsall et al are to be congratulated on presenting further evidence that group B streptococcus (GBS) gives rise to a significant burden of disease in some areas of the United Kingdom.[1] Retrospective data collected at St George’s is in agreement with the authors’ suggestion that culture proven sepsis under-represents the true burden of disease.

    Firstly we conducted a retrospective search...

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    Guidelines for Group B streptococcus
    Dear Editor

    As highlighted in a recent edition of ADC Fetal and Neonatal edition,[1, 2] there is increasing concern about the previously unreported high levels of neonatal group B Streptococcal (GBS) infections in the UK. It is indeed most important that we have national statistics for regional variations in GBS infection, for it is only when we have this information that we can begin to produce evidence based guid...

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    Guidelines for prevention of neonatal Group B Streptococcal infections
    • Yim-Yee Chan, Research Fellows
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      • R Lakshman
    Dear Editor

    The article by Beardsall et al[1] once again raises awareness of this important and as yet unresolved issue for the UK. We would like to make two related points:

    (1) Although the authors have discussed both early and late onset Group B Streptococcus disease, perinatal intervention is effective in preventing only early onset Group B Streptococcus disease.

    (2) A common related scenario...

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