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Summary The prevalence of group B streptococcus (GBS) carriage varies strongly with geographical region. A study was done to determine the prevalence of GBS in women in Maputo, Mozambique. The method used was a rectovaginal swab which was taken from women between 35 and 37 weeks of pregnancy who visited the clinic for antenatal consultation. GBS was cultured from 2 out of 113 samples, yielding a prevalence of 1.8% (95% Cl: 0.0–4.0). In conclusion, the prevalence of GBS carriage among pregnant women in Maputo, Mozambique was low.


Déterminer la prévalence de streptocoques du groupe B chez les femmes avec une grossesse de 35 à 37 semaines à Maputo au Mozambique. Méthode 

Un échantillon rectovaginal a été prélevé sur écouvillon chez les femmes ayant entre 35 et 37 semaines de grossesse, visitant la clinique pour la consultation prénatale. Des cultures ont été réalisées pour l’isolement du streptocoque du groupe B. Résultat 

Des streptocoques du groupe B ont été cultivés pour 2 sur 113 échantillons (IC95%: 0,0–4,0). Conclusion 

La prévalence du portage de streptocoques du groupe B chez les femmes enceintes à Maputo, au Mozambique est faible.
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Keywords: Maputo; femmes enceintes; group B streptococcus; mujeres embarazadas; pregnant women; prevalence; prevalencia; prévalence; streptococcus grupo B; streptocoque du groupe B

Document Type: Short Communication

Affiliations: 1:  Department of Medical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases, Erasmus MC, University Medical Center Rotterdam, Rotterdam, The Netherlands 2:  Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, MC Haaglanden, The Hague, The Netherlands 3:  Department of Clinical Microbiology, MC Haaglanden, The Hague, The Netherlands 4:  Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Central Hospital Maputo, Maputo, Mozambique

Publication date: 2008-03-01

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