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Neonatal group B streptococcal infection: incidence and strategies for prevention in Europe

Trijbels-Smeulders, Monique A. J. M. M.D.; Kollée, Louis A. A. M.D.; Adriaanse, Albert H. M.D.; Kimpen, Jan L. L. M.D.; Gerards, Leo J. M.D.

The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal: February 2004 - Volume 23 - Issue 2 - p 172-173
doi: 10.1097/01.inf.0000111212.94913.5f
Brief Reports

We sent a questionnaire to all members of the European Society for Paediatric Infectious Diseases and to all delegates of the European Association of Perinatal Medicine to determine existing policies for prevention of neonatal group B streptococcal (GBS) infection in Europe. The incidence of GBS colonization in pregnant women and of neonatal GBS infection varies. Policies for prevention of GBS infection are not well-developed.

Department of Pediatrics

University Children’s Hospital, University Medical Center, Nijmegen (MAJMTS, LAAK)

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Medical Center

Alkmaar (AHA)

Departments of Pediatrics (JLLK) and Neonatology (LJG)

Wilhelmina Children’s Hospital

University Medical Center


The Netherlands

Accepted for publication Nov. 12, 2003.

Address for reprints: M. Trijbels-Smeulders, M.D., Department of Pediatrics, UMC St. Radboud, P.O. Box 9101, 6500 HB Nijmegen, the Netherlands. Fax 31 243619123; E-mail

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