Meningitis Now staff member Clara Wiggins

Group B Strep meningitis on the Government radar

Clara Wiggins | 10th October 2019

Meningitis Now have welcomed news that health and social care minister Nadine Dorries has declared Group B Strep as one of her top five health priorities

Group B Strep meningitis on the Government agenda

Group B Strep is the most common cause of life-threatening infection in newborn babies in the UK and the most common cause of meningitis in babies under the age of three months.

We have many stories about Group B Strep meningitis on the website, including those of Elena and Frank, where families have been affected by this disease at what should have been one of the most joyous times in their lives.

The number of cases of Group B Strep is currently rising with two babies a day developing the infection. Of these, one a week will sadly die and another one will be left with after-effects. 

Find out more about Group B Strep.

Meningitis Now CEO Tom Nutt said: “It’s good news that the health minister wants to prioritise Group B Strep – this will be welcomed by many families across the country."

“We have always liaised closely with the Group B Strep charity GBBS and I know they have long been supported by the health minister on this topic. I hope this issue remains high on the agenda for any future government as it is too important to be forgotten.”

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