Screening of Antenatal Mothers and Prevention of Perinatal Group B Streptococcal Infection

Raj, M.; Razali , N.; Sulaiman, S. (2009) Screening of Antenatal Mothers and Prevention of Perinatal Group B Streptococcal Infection. Journal of the University of Malaya Medical Centre (JUMMEC), 12 (1). pp. 27-30. ISSN 1823-7339

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Abstract

The objectives of this study were: (1) to detect group B streptococcus (GBS) carriers among antenatal patients during pregnancy ( 35 to 37 weeks) in the University Malaya Medical Centre (UMMC), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and (2) to give antibiotic prophylaxis during the intrapartum period for the GBS carrier patients. The aim is to prevent early onset of GBS infection in newborn. This pilot study was carried out from 1st July 2005 to 31st August 2005. It is a prospective study involving 56 pregnant women who were seen at the antenatal clinic in the UMMC between 35 to 37 weeks gestation. High vaginal swab and low vaginal together with endoanal swab were taken for culture and sensitivity. The antibiotic prophylaxis was started early in the intrapartum period for patients with positive culture for GBS. GBS was detected in 18 patients which contributes to about 32% of the study population. The proper choice of antibiotic is important in successful disease prevention.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of the University of Malaya Medical Centre (JUMMEC)
Additional Information: Correspondence: Sofiah Sulaiman Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya 50603 Kuala Lumpur Email: drsofie@hotmail.com
Uncontrolled Keywords: Group B streptococcus; screening; pregnant women; Malaysia
Subjects: R Medicine
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine
Depositing User: Mr. Faizal Hamzah
Date Deposited: 25 Jun 2011 14:59
Last Modified: 25 Jun 2011 14:59
URI: http://eprints.um.edu.my/id/eprint/1711

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