Scientists in Singapore sequence genome of Streptococcus bacteria (GBS) that caused severe infections


Group B Streptococcus (GBS) is a common bacterium found in the human gut and urinary tract of about 15 to 30 per cent of adults and co-exists without causing disease. Recently there was an outbreak of GBS infections in Singapore associated with the consumption of raw Song (Asian bighead carp) and Toman (snakehead fish) and in some cases the complications became so severe that it even led to a person’s hands and feet being amputated. Scientists from A*STAR’s Genome Institute of Singapore (GIS), together with Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH) and the MOH-supported Singapore Infectious Diseases Initiative (SIDI) have now successfully sequenced the genome of the strain of Group B Streptococcus (GBS) which was responsible for these severe infections.