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Posted July 08, 2017

CDC Warns Against Placenta Pills After Infant Becomes Sick

An infant in Oregon whose mother began taking capsules of dried placenta three days after giving birth was diagnosed with late-onset group B Streptococcus agalactiae (GBS) bacteremia, a strep infection which was linked to the placenta pill, according to a recently published report from the CDC. The infant developed signs of respiratory distress soon after birth, and was hospitalized in the neonatal intensive care unit and treated with antibiotics for eleven days before being released. Dried placenta in the capsules was found to be contaminated with GBS bacteria, which the doctor concluded were then passed from the mother to the infant.

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