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Is sepsis contagious?

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Dr. William Walsh
Addiction Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: Not exactly

Sepsis is not a disease in and of itself - it is a syndrome (a constellation of symptoms) that result from the bodies attempt to fight off a severe infection +/- any direct toxins from the bacterium itself.
The causes of sepsis can be contagious or not (for example, a urinary tract infection is not directly contagious, but pneumonia often is).

In brief: Not exactly

Sepsis is not a disease in and of itself - it is a syndrome (a constellation of symptoms) that result from the bodies attempt to fight off a severe infection +/- any direct toxins from the bacterium itself.
The causes of sepsis can be contagious or not (for example, a urinary tract infection is not directly contagious, but pneumonia often is).
Dr. William Walsh
Dr. William Walsh
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Dr. Michael Ein
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Not usually

Sepsis is defined as systemic inflammatory response syndrome, sirs (2 or more of fever, rapid pulse, rapid breathing, elevated white blood cell count) caused by an infection.
Most cases of sepsis are not contagious but if the infection causing the sepsis is contagious than that infection could be spread.

In brief: Not usually

Sepsis is defined as systemic inflammatory response syndrome, sirs (2 or more of fever, rapid pulse, rapid breathing, elevated white blood cell count) caused by an infection.
Most cases of sepsis are not contagious but if the infection causing the sepsis is contagious than that infection could be spread.
Dr. Michael Ein
Dr. Michael Ein
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