CDC declares Sepsis a medical emergency

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CDC Declares Common Infection a Medical Emergency

By Becca Roth, Veuer

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have declared sepsis a medical emergency, warning that the disease can be life-threatening, but is treatable if caught in time.

Sepsis is a complication of an infection that's linked to more than 250,000 deaths each year. Symptoms of the disease include a rapid pulse, quick breathing, swelling, disorientation, high fever, chills or an overall feeling of extreme pain. Anyone with any combination of these symptoms should inform their doctor immediately.

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Some prevention tactics include vaccination against pneumonia, which is a disease that often leads to Sepsis, washing hands to prevent spread of germs, and a general increase in awareness about the disease.

Muhammed Ali, Patty Duke and Jim Hensen have all died from the disease, yet fewer than half of Americans know what the disease is, according to the Sepsis Alliance.

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