The Group B Strep (GBS) infection may reside in a person’s body without causing any damage, or it could develop into a serious infection that poses a life risk. Some estimates say that one-quarter of pregnant women have GBS and it sometimes gets passed on to their babies. However, in many instances, it causes no harm to the pregnant woman, and the chance of babies developing this infection is as low as one in two thousand. GBS may have consequences that are more serious for older adults and anyone who suffers from a weak immune system, for example, diabetics.
GBS infections might cause skin ulcers to appear, but the chances that this will happen to a healthy adult are very low. When someone is in good health, their immune system protects them against the spread of infection. Diabetics and older people who suffer from poor blood circulation lack strong immune systems, so they face a little higher risk of ulcers. In addition to skin ulcers, the infection might cause pressure sores to appear. Bed-ridden patients are more likely to suffer from such sores because they must remain stationary for long periods with their bodies pressed against the mattress.
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