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Can anyone get sepsis?

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Dr. William Walsh
Addiction Medicine 18 years experience
Yes: If you encounter a virulent enough pathogen and have an immune system, you can get septic.
Dr. Michael Ein
Infectious Disease 49 years experience
Yes: Sepsis is defined as systemic inflammatory syndrome (2 or more of fever, rapid pulse, rapid breathing, elevated white blood cell count) caused by an infection. This can occur in anyone.

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