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Volume 9, Number 4—April 2003


Invasive Group B Streptococcal Infections in Finland: A Population-based Study

Outi Lyytikäinen*Comments to Author , J. Pekka Nuorti*, Erja Halmesmäki†, Petteri Carlson†, Jukka Uotila‡, Risto Vuento‡, Tapio Ranta§, Hannu Sarkkinen§, Martti Ämmälä¶, Anja Kostiala¶, and Anna-Liisa Järvenpää†
Author affiliations: *National Public Health Institute, Helsinki, Finland; †Helsinki University Central Hospital, Helsinki, Finland; ‡Tampere University Hospital, Tampere, Finland; §Päijät-Häme Central Hospital, Lahti, Finland; ¶Jorvi Hospital, Espoo, Finland

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Table 3

High risk groups for whom intrapartum antibiotic prophylaxis is recommended in 38 Finnish hospitals with obstetric services, 2002a

Risk group No. of hospitals (%)
GBS specimen taken/ result positiveb GBS specimen not taken/results unknown
GBS-positive mothers
23 (61)

GBS bacteriuria during current pregnancy
15 (39)
15 (39)
Invasive GBS disease in previously delivered child
25 (66)
25 (66)
Delivery <37 wk gestation
18 (47)
9 (24)
Rupture of membranes >18 h
26 (68)
19 (50)
Intrapartum fever >38°C 31 (82) 33 (87)

aGBS, group B streptococcus.

bOnly one hospital routinely screened all pregnant women for prenatal GBS carriage.

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