CSF: group B Streptococcus (sample contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes)- Shipped August 15, 2016
A simulated CSF collected from a febrile newborn was sent to category A laboratories.
Participants were expected to isolate, identify, and report group B Streptococcus. Laboratories were also expected to report to public health (PH) authorities.
MAIN EDUCATIONAL POINTS from M162-5
- Streptococcus agalactiae, or group B Streptococcus, is a common and potentially fatal cause of neonatal sepsis, and laboratories should be prepared to isolate, identify, and report it from specimens and particularly those in neonates.
- Group B streptococcal disease in neonates is a notifiable disease, and should always be reported to public health.