Multicentre epidemiological survey on the incidence of Streptococcus agalactiae in pregnancy

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Leonardo Lodolo *
Michelangelo Barbaglia
Claudia Canale
Cinzia Rossi
Andrea Guala
Nino Cappuccia
(*) Corresponding Author:
Leonardo Lodolo |


ß-hemolytic streptococci group B (GBS) cause infections of the urinary tract, endometrium, amnion, and superinfection of wounds, with complications in 2% -4% of cases in pregnant woman.The infection transmitted to newborns is a cause of sepsis and meningitis with high incidence of mortality.A recent report on a multicentric study of the ISS, showed that detection of S. agalactiae in pregnant women in different realities of healthcare, ranging from 3.9% to 19.4%. This survey covers a sample of 29607 women screened in a total of 36852 childbirths, with a positivity of 4183 subjects equal to 14.1%. Thanks to the GBS Study Group of Piemonte and Valle d’Aosta microbiology laboratories, with the support of 42 study centres have been involved. Collection techniques, types of medium, environmental of incubation of the culture, possible enrichment in broth, of the swabs of 28491 women during 2006/2007 have been considered. 24.36% were vaginal swab while 75.64% vagino/rectal. According to data collected at 31 centers with eligible data (22,175 pregnant) GBS positivity was 12.7% (CI [Confidence Interval] + / -95%: 13.1% -12.2%) with wide variability between individual centers (2% -22.6%). The enrichment broth is used by 6 out of 9 centers with positivity> 15% (M: 20.05%), from 6 to 14 with positivity between 10-15% (M: 12.61%), from none to 8 centers with less than 10% positivity (M: 4.95%).This multicentre survey underlined the preference for vagino/rectal swab, as recommended by the literature. The frequency of GBS positivity of pregnant women on the whole samples is similar to that found in other national surveys, even if with large differences between the different centers.The sensitivity tends to increase with the use of enrichment techniques, whose use is uneven between the centers, perhaps indicating the need for greater uniformity of protocols based on the results of microbiological analysis EBM (Evidence Based Medicine).


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