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Group B streptococcus colonization in preterm labor and preterm premature rupture of membranes

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Campinas, São Paulo State, Brazil.
International Journal of Gynecology & Obstetrics (Impact Factor: 1.56). 11/2005; 91(1):69-70. DOI: 10.1016/j.ijgo.2005.06.023
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