2 million Chinese mothers carry strep bacteria that can be fatal to newborns, study finds

Nearly 2 million pregnant women in China are estimated to be carrying a strain of bacteria that can cause severe health problems or even prove fatal to newborn babies, according to an international study.

The figure represents about 11 per cent of total annual births in China, and puts the country second globally in the number of pregnant women with Group B Streptococcus bacteria (GBS) after India, which has nearly 2.5 million, according to the research by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

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