February is International Prenatal Infection Prevention Month, raising awareness of group B Strep infection.
Charity Group B Strep Support is campaigning to raise awareness of group B Strep and the dangers it poses to unborn babies.
Group B Strep is the leading cause of infection in babies under 3 months old.
One in four women are carriers of the bacteria which can be passed onto the baby during childbirth, causing serious consequences to the child.
According to the charity, 500 babies per year in the UK are infected, with the number increasing by up to 38% since prevention measures were introduced in 2003.
In the UK, pregnant women are not routinely tested for group B Strep bacteria.
In countries where pregnant women are routinely tested, infection in new born babies falls dramatically by up to 86%.
If a pregnant woman is a carrier of group B Strep, UK guidelines recommend they are offered intravenous antibiotics from the beginning of labour and during regular intervals until childbirth.
International Prenatal Infection Prevention Month comes shortly after a petition, signed by over 250,000 people, was delivered to the UK Department of Health calling for routine testing to be widely available to pregnant women.
Show your support and spread awareness by using the Twitter hashtag #GBSaware.
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