Group B strep infection can lead to life-threatening complications in infants, including:

  • Inflammation of the lungs (pneumonia)
  • Inflammation of the membranes and fluid surrounding the brain and spinal cord (meningitis)
  • Infection in the bloodstream (bacteremia)

If you're a pregnant woman, group B strep can cause:

  • Urinary tract infection
  • Infection of the placenta and amniotic fluid (chorioamnionitis)
  • Inflammation and infection of the membrane lining the uterus (endometritis)
  • Infection of the bloodstream (sepsis)

If you're an older adult or you have a chronic health condition, group B strep bacteria may cause complications such as:

  • Skin infection (cellulitis)
  • Infection of the bloodstream (sepsis)
  • Urinary tract infection
  • Inflammation of the lungs (pneumonia)
  • Bone and joint infections
  • Infection of the heart valves (endocarditis)
  • Inflammation of the membranes and fluid surrounding the brain and spinal cord (meningitis)
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