Petition Routinely test pregnant women for Group B Strep

Staphylococcus aureus and Group B Streptococcus are common infections. However, in rare cases they can be fatal for the unborn baby, and for up until 12 weeks after a baby is born if they develop a late onset of symptoms. Both of these infections are easily treated by antibiotics.

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Antibiotics are given during the mother’s labour and antibiotics are given to baby once born. These infections are easily picked up by a swab and are easily treated also. This should be a routine test that ALL pregnant women should be able to get during pregnancy to ensure the health and safety of both mum and baby.

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