Monica M. Farley, Larry J. Group B streptococcal GBS disease in nonpregnant adults is increasing, particularly in elderly persons and those with significant underlying diseases. Diabetes, neurological impairment, and cirrhosis increase risk for invasive GBS disease. Skin, soft-tissue, and osteoarticular infections, pneumonia, and urosepsis are common presentations. Meningitis and endocarditis are less common but associated with serious morbidity and mortality.
Group B Streptococcus
GBS infection in adults - Group B Strep Support
Learn about the different types of strep bacteria, what kinds of illnesses they cause, and how to prevent infection. Although strep throat is a common form of infection from streptococcal bacteria, it is not the only kind. There are a number of different streptococci, which create symptoms ranging from a mild throat infection to a life-threatening infection of the blood or organs. Anyone can be affected, from babies and small children to older adults. Streptococci infections are divided into several groups: Group A streptococcus, Group B streptococcus, Group C streptococcus, and Group G streptococcus. Group A strep, sometimes called GAS, tends to affect the throat and the skin.
GBS infection in Adults
View More…. Group B strep bacteria, commonly found in your intestines and lower gastrointestinal GI tract, can cause serious complications for newborns, older people, and those with certain chronic illnesses, like diabetes. People who develop a group B strep infection could develop sepsis.
What is Group B Strep? About 1 in 4 pregnant women "carry" or are "colonized" with GBS. Carrying GBS does not mean that you are unclean. Anyone can carry GBS.