Is sepsis contagious?


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Sepsis can be contagious, according to MedicineNet. Sepsis is a blood infection caused by a widespread adverse immune response to a bacteria or fungi infection in the body. Inflammation throughout the body can cause life-threatening organ damage.

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To control the spread of the infectious agents that cause sepsis, those who are infected and those caring for the infected should wash their hands often and wear sterile gloves, masks and protective clothing, especially if the patient is infected with the fungal form of sepsis. People with weakened immune systems and the very young and elderly are most at risk for contracting sepsis, notes MedicineNet.

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