Group B streptococcal (GBS) disease is a leading infectious cause of morbidity and mortality among newborns in the United States.1 More than 60% of term infants with GBS disease were born to women who had tested negative for GBS by way of non-molecular methods before delivery.2 Approximately 10% to 30% of pregnant women are colonized with GBS in the vagina or rectum, and GBS colonized women are >25 times more likely to deliver infants with early-onset GBS disease.3 For laboratories performing conventional culture, sensitivity of these tests can be as low as 42% with turn-around times as long as 3 to 4 days.4 Real-time PCR following Lim Broth enrichment provides rapid identification and the highest level of sensitivity for detection of GBS.5
BD MAX GBS is a fully-automated, real-time PCR method for the detection of GBS from enriched culture. It simplifies detection of GBS colonization in antepartum pregnant women, and rapidly identifies Group B Streptococcus after an overnight Lim Broth enrichment.
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