6/18/2004

The CDC reports increased efforts to screen pregnant women for group B streptococcal and giving them antibiotics has greatly reduced the disease among newborns. The rate of infants born with group B strep declined nearly 40% from 2000 to 2003 to 0.32 cases per 1,000 live births. Group B is the most common cause of blood infection and meningitis in newborns.

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