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Can antibiotics help prevent late-onset group B strep disease?

Unfortunately, the method recommended to prevent early-onset disease (giving women who are group B strep positive antibiotics through the intravenous vein (IV) during labor) does not prevent late-onset disease. Although rates of early-onset disease have declined, rates of late-onset disease have remained fairly stable since 1990. At this time, a strategy has not yet been identified for preventing late-onset group B strep disease.

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