What is GBS?

GBS stands for Group B streptococcus, a bacteria which is commonly found in our gut and urinary tract without causing disease. GBS is also found in fish, but usually does not pose any risk.

Who is more at risk of GBS infections?

GBS is known to affect mainly newborn babies, the elderly, and people who are immunocompromised, such as patients with cancer. It can infect healthy young and middle-aged adults as well, but this is rare.

What are the signs and symptoms of GBS infections?

The most common symptom is a fever. Other signs and symptoms depend on the site of the bacterial infection.

Can I still eat raw fish (like sashimi) other than the types identified by the Ministry of Health?

Vulnerable groups of people, especially young children, pregnant women, the elderly, and people with chronic illness such as diabetes, should avoid raw food, such as raw oysters and sashimi.

It is important to let the relevant authorities conduct proper investigations to determine the source and extent of this rise in invasive GBS infections in Singapore.

Source: Dr Jolene Oon, associate consultant from the division of infectious diseases at the National University Hospital