Strepelle want all expectant parents to test or get ready to test for Group B Streptococcus (also known as Group B Strep and GBS).
Strepelle’s home to lab test kit will let parents know, with great accuracy whether Group B Strep will be present during delivery and give them the opportunity to work with their medical team to stop the infection before it is passed to their baby.
One in 5 pregnant women will carry the bacteria at any one time.
What is GBS:
GBS is the UK’s most common cause of life-threatening infection in newborn babies, causing sepsis, pneumonia and meningitis, and claims the life of one baby a week. Current infection rates in the UK see two babies a day develop the infection; one baby a week does not survive and one baby a week survives with disability.
Strepelle is a home-to-laboratory GBS test which can be bought at www.strepelle.com for £42.99. The test gives pregnant women the opportunity to test for this devastating infection from 35 weeks, with the highest accuracy ECM testing. If positive they are sent a letter to give them access to the potentially life-saving antibiotics during labour.
The UK is currently one of the only developed countries in the world which doesn’t offer routine screening for GBS. In the UK, 70 babies a year die from Group B Strep infection
The only way of knowing if a pregnant woman is carrying the bacterium is by having a laboratory test. The highly accurate and easy to use Strepelle test (www.strepelle.com) will determine whether a pregnant woman is carrying the bacterium.