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Know when it might be sepsis

Some infections can lead to sepsis—a life-threatening condition triggered by the body’s extreme response to an infection, most often of the lung, urinary tract, skin or GI tract. Without prompt treatment, sepsis can be deadly. That’s why it’s important to recognize sepsis and act in time.

If you or a loved one has an infection and you suspect sepsis, get medical help right away.


Rapid heart rate and breathing.


Extreme pain.

Fever or chills.

Shortness of breath.

Clammy skin.

Sources: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; U.S. National Library of Medicine

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Reviewed 8/31/2022

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