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How does group B strep (GBS) bacteria spread?

Group B strep (GBS) bacteria can come and go naturally in the body. If you have the bacteria in your body when you go into labor, they can spread to your baby during labor. Carrying GBS bacteria does not mean that a person is not clean, and it does not mean that she has a sexually transmitted disease. The bacteria are not spread from food, sex, water or anything that a woman might have come into contact with.

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