International Prenatal Infection Prevention Month, observed in February and sponsored by Group B Strep International, provides information on simple steps one can take to protect a fetus or newborn from infections that cause serious health problems.
International Prenatal Infection Prevention Month highlights that about one in four women in the United States carries the bacteria that causes Group B Strep infection. If one is pregnant and tests positive for Group B Strep, doctors can give an antibiotic during labor that prevents the bacteria from spreading to the baby.
For pregnant women, a common way they are exposed to CMV is through contact with saliva and urine of children with CMV infection. Regular hand washing, particularly after changing diapers, is a commonly recommended step to decrease the spread of infections and may reduce exposures to CMV.
Listeriosis is a rare but serious infection caused by eating food contaminated with bacteria called Listeria. Pregnant women are ten times more likely than other people to get listeriosis. About one in six cases of listeriosis are associated with pregnancy.
International Prenatal Infection Prevention Month Sponsor:
Group B Strep International
To learn more, visit http://www.groupbstrepinternational.org