Is Sepsis Contagious?

Q:
Is sepsis contagious?

A:
No, sepsis itself is not contagious. However, the infection which causes it could be contagious.

When you have one of these infections, sepsis may have a higher possibility to occur:

  • lung infection, like pneumonia
  • kidney infection, such as a urinary tract infection
  • skin infection, like cellulitis
  • gut infection, such as from gallbladder inflammation

Also, there are some germs that more often lead to sepsis than others:

  • Staphylococcus aureus
  • Escherichia coli
  • Streptococcus

In fact, leaving an infection untreated often causes sepsis.

In brief, sepsis isn’t contagious. It can’t be transmitted from person to person, including between children, after death or through sexual contact. However, sepsis does spread throughout the body via the bloodstream.

 

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