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Prevalence and Capsular Types of Group B Streptococci Colonizing Indian Women Living in the United States

Chaudhary, Manu MBBS1; Rench, Marcia A. BSN1; Vyas, Anuja MD2; Flores, Anthony R. MD, PhD, MPH1; Baker, Carol J. MD1, 3; Edwards, Morven S. MD1

The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal: October 30, 2017 - Volume Publish Ahead of Print - Issue - p
doi: 10.1097/INF.0000000000001815
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Group B streptococcal (GBS) rectovaginal colonization prevalence in women of Indian descent living in the United States was 24.7% comparable with US rates but higher than rates reported from India. The capsular polysaccharide types were distinct in that type V was most common and 33% of GBS strains were nontypeable.

Departments of Pediatrics,1 Obstetrics and Gynecology2 and Molecular Virology and Microbiology,3 Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, USA

Conflicts of Interest and Sources of Support: Supported in part by Early Career Award #12945 from the Thrasher Research Fund. Dr. Baker is a consultant for Pfizer, Inc., and a Scientific Advisory Board Member for Seqirus, Inc. Dr. Edwards has a research contract with Pfizer, Inc. For the remaining authors no conflicts were declared.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS: We thank the patients who made this study possible and acknowledge the help of the Baylor Obstetrics and Gynecology Specialists at the Texas Children’s Hospital Pavilion for Women. We also acknowledge Robin D. Schroeder for assistance in preparation of the manuscript.

Corresponding Author: Morven S. Edwards, M.D., Feigin Tower, Texas Children’s Hospital, 1102 Bates Street, Suite 1120, Houston, TX 77030, Telephone: 832-824-1780, Fax: 832-825-1048, E-mail:

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