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Sepsis is a life-threatening illness. The body's response to a bacterial infection usually causes sepsis. Sepsis is caused by the formation of small blood clots which block the blood flow to vital organs. Sepsis can lead to organ failure. Babies, older individuals and those with weakened immune systems are most likely to contract sepsis. But even healthy individuals can become deathly ill. A quick diagnosis can be crucial, because one third of individuals who contract sepsis die from it.

Sepsis is usually treated in a hospital intensive care unit (ICU). IV antibiotics and fluids may be given to try to eliminate the infection and keep blood pressure from dropping too low. Patients may also be placed on a respirator to help them with breathing.

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