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Give your baby a better chance: Innovative testing prior to birth

Neonatal mortality due to Steptococcus agalactiae (GBS) has decreased in most populations but early onset GBS disease (EOGD) is still common in Australian Indigenous neonates. Neonatal EOGD can potentially be reduced by the introduction of a rapid test for GBS status of pregnant women during labour. The overall aim of this project was to decrease the incidence of avoidable and often-lethal GBS infections in newborns. This may have implications for improvement of the health and wellbeing of Indigenous and non-Indigenous people. Early detection of GBS in pregnant women in labour will lead to a decrease in infant mortality and a decrease in infant illnesses associated with GBS.

The primary aims of this project were:

Summary of outcomes

The PCR assay showed poor positive predictive value but it improved prevalence estimates when combined with the culture test.

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Project leader

Janelle Stirling

Administering institution:

QIMR Berghofer

Completion date: