Group B streptococcal (GBS) disease is caused by the bacterium Streptococcus agalactiae, which can cause illness in newborn babies, pregnant women, the elderly, and people with weakened immune systems.
GBS disease is the most common cause of life-threatening infections in newborns.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website (CDC)
- CDC Active Bacterial Core surveillance (ABCs) Program
This is a Wisconsin disease surveillance category II disease:
- Report to the patient's local public health department electronically, through the Wisconsin Electronic Disease Surveillance System (WEDSS), by mail or fax using an Acute and Communicable Disease case report, F-44151 (Word) or by other means within 72 hours upon recognition of a case.
- Information on communicable disease reporting
Wisconsin case reporting and public health follow-up guidelines
Case Reporting and Investigation Protocol (EpiNet): P-01983 Group B Streptococcal infections (PDF)