Group B Strep Infection | Symptoms

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What are the symptoms of group B strep?

Group B strep doesn’t usually cause symptoms in healthy adults.

Babies who have group B strep may develop symptoms during their first week of life (this is called early-onset disease) or from 1 week to 3 months of life (this is called late-onset disease). The symptoms of group B strep in newborns may include the following:

  • Fever
  • Difficulty feeding
  • Lethargy (the baby is tired, hard to wake up, limp, or inactive)
  • Difficulty breathing (with severe breathing problems, the baby’s skin, lips, or nails may turn blue)

Written by familydoctor.org editorial staff

Reviewed/Updated: 05/14
Created: 09/00

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