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Is a bacterial infection serious?

Most bacterial infections can be treated. Common bacterial infections include strep throat, urinary tract infections, and tuberculosis. Certain bacterial infections, if not treated properly, can lead to more serious complications. Without treatment, strep throat may lead to tonsillitis, ear infection, sinus infection, scarlet fever, rheumatic fever, heart damage, and kidney inflammation.

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How can one reduce the risk of spreading group B strep (GBS) to her baby?
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