Prevalence of Group B streptococcus colonization during labour in Sudanese women

Hala Abdullahi, Suhair Satti, Salah K Ali, Noreldein M Ali, Duria A Rayis, Ishag Adam


Background: Group B streptococcus (GBS, Streptococcus agalactiae) is recognized as a major cause
of neonatal sepsis and meningitis. The prevalence of GBS colonization is very variable across the world.
There is no published data on the prevalence of GBS among Sudanese women.
Method: A cross-sectional study was conducted at Khartoum Teaching Hospital, Sudan. Obstetric data,
low vaginal and rectal swabs were collected during labour.
Results: Two hundred women were included. Only one case of GBS colonization during labour was
identified giving a prevalence of 0.5%. Almost 12% of the study population reported use of antibiotics in
the last two weeks preceding labour, which may be a factor in the low culture positive rate.
Conclusion: There is a low prevalence of GBS intra-partum colonization among Sudanese women.
*Corresponding author: Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Khartoum,
P O Box 102, Email;

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