[LISTEN] Wits researchers pioneer vaccine to prevent stillbirths, infant deaths
Professor of vaccinology at Wits University Shabir Madhi says pregnant women are prone to the streptococcus bacteria, which is what results in stillbirths and infant deaths.
JOHANNESBURG - Professor of vaccinology at Wits University Shabir Madhi says streptococcus bacteria enter pregnant women through the uterus but do not affect the women at all, they affect the foetuses.
Madhi says the current treatment for the bacteria is the done through regular screening during pregnancy, and if the mother is found to have it, they are given antibiotics.
He says, unfortunately, this does not work for other forms of the bacteria.
He says vaccinating mothers while they’re pregnant is the best way to kill all bacteria.
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