Group B Strep Disease


Following childbirth, if your doctor suspects your newborn of having group B strep disease, a sample of the baby’s blood or spinal fluid will be sent to a laboratory for assessment.

If the baby shows signs of illness, additional tests may be administered, such as:

  • Urine culture
  • Lumbar puncture
  • Chest X-ray

For adults diagnosed with an infection, a blood test can ascertain whether group B strep is the culprit. Identifying the cause may be crucial in determining the suitable treatment.



If your newborn tests positive for group B strep, intravenous (IV) antibiotics will be administered. Depending on the baby’s condition, IV fluids, oxygen, or other medications may also be necessary.


Antibiotics are an effective treatment for group B strep infection in adults. The choice of antibiotic depends on factors such as the location and severity of the infection, as well as individual circumstances.

Pregnant women

If you experience complications due to group B strep during pregnancy, oral antibiotics will be prescribed, typically penicillin, amoxicillin, or cephalexin. These antibiotics are considered safe for use during pregnancy.