Relationship of Neonatal Pneumonia to Maternal Urinary and Neonatal Isolates of Group B Streptococci

Thomas E. Liston, Robert E. Harris, Stuart Foshee, Donald Null

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Of 1,500 consecutive deliveries, there were 41 term infants with suspected sepsis in association with a positive culture for group B streptococci (GBS) from either the infant soon after birth, or the mother’s urine routinely collected three days postpartum. A statistically higher incidence of pneumonia was found in these infants as compared to matched controls. Infants born to mothers with GBS in the urine had a high incidence of suspected sepsis (43.6%) as well as a high incidence of pneumonia (38.6%). We conclude that term infants colonized at birth with GBS or born to mothers with GBS isolated from their urine are at high risk of having pneumonia.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1410-1412
Number of pages3
JournalSouthern Medical Journal
Issue number11
StatePublished - Jan 1 1979
Externally publishedYes


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