Pregnant mothers can pass on the infection to their newborns. Photo: Shutterstock
Pregnant mothers can pass on the infection to their newborns. Photo: Shutterstock

Hong Kong study finds prenatal screening drastically reduces infant deaths, illness from common bacterial infection

  • Group B Streptococcus bacteria is carried by around 20 per cent of expectant mothers and is usually harmless, but can cause complications for newborns
  • Number of infected infants dropped from one in every 1,000, to 0.2 in every 1,000 after universal screening was introduced

Pregnant mothers can pass on the infection to their newborns. Photo: Shutterstock
Pregnant mothers can pass on the infection to their newborns. Photo: Shutterstock
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