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Group B <i>Streptococcus</i> Colonization in Male and Nonpregnant Female University Students: A Cross-Sectional Prevalence Study

Sandra J. Bliss, Shannon D. Manning, Patricia Tallman, Carol J. Baker, Mark D. Pearlman, Carl F. Marrs and Betsy Foxman

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 34, issue 2, pages 184-190
Published in print January 2002 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online January 2002 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/338258
Group B Streptococcus Colonization in Male and Nonpregnant Female University Students: A Cross-Sectional Prevalence Study

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We describe the prevalence of colonization with group B Streptococcus species in a random sample of otherwise healthy male and nonpregnant female college students. Colonization with group B Streptococcus species occurs at a high frequency among healthy students, and there was a suggestion that it is associated with having engaged in sexual activity, tampon use, milk consumption, and hand washing done ⩽4 times per day. However, larger studies are needed to verify these findings.

Journal Article.  2483 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Infectious Diseases ; Immunology ; Public Health and Epidemiology ; Microbiology

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