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Department of Health written question – answered on 12th December 2016.

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Photo of Peter Bottomley Peter Bottomley Conservative, Worthing West

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what information his Department holds on the proportion of adults who carry group B streptococus.

Photo of Philip Dunne Philip Dunne The Minister of State, Department of Health

Studies undertaken1 to date indicate group B streptococcus could be carried in the gut and genital tract of 20-30% adults. Carriage of the organism in mouth and throat is less well assessed but thought to occur in less than 10% of adults.


1 Rodriguez-Granger J, Alvargonzalez JC, Berardi A, et al. Prevention of group B streptococcal neonatal disease revisited. The DEVANI European project. Eur J Clin Microbiol Infect Dis 2012; 31(9): 2097-104.

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