Group B streptococcus (GBS) is a bacterium that harmlessly resides in the intestine of most people at some time in their lives, and rarely causes disease. One exception to this harmless existence is when a woman is pregnant, then the organism can colonize the birth canal and very occasionally ascend to infect the unborn baby - septic abortion, preterm delivery, or infection in the baby after delivery are then all possible consequences. There are ~700,000 births per year in the UK, and at least 1 in every 2,000 babies born has a proven GBS infection. There is some weak evidence that people acquire GBS from the food they ingest, such as milk and fish (there is also evidence that people pick up GBS from vegetables or from person-to-person physical contact).
We wish to know whether women who are strict Vegans ‘carry’ GBS or get GBS infections to the same extent as non-Vegans.
Please would you consider spending 2-3 minutes completing our survey, which asks questions about known carriage or infection with GBS in yourself or your baby, and how strictly you adhere to a Vegan diet?
The survey is completely anonymised, hence we will be unable to trace your answers back to you. We will aim to publish the anonymous results of this survey in a medical journal as well as put a summary of the findings on this website. If you are interested, please click on the link below. Do not complete the survey more than once.
Please let your Vegan friends and family know about this survey. Thank you for your help.