Approximately 50% of people with sepsis die from it
Septicemia, or sepsis, is the presence of bacteria in the blood (i.e. bacteremia) associated with serious clinical symptomatology. It may progress to septic shock. Sepsis may be caused by a number of bacteria, including Streptococcus pneumoniae. It is often but not always associated with infection in another sterile body site, such as the lungs. Once a person has sepsis, the condition typically progresses rapidly. Approximately 50% of people with sepsis die from it. Signs and symptoms of sepsis include spiking fever and chills, rapid breathing and heart rate, looking very ill or toxic, and a feeling of impending doom. If sepsis is not treated swiftly it can progress to septic shock, a life threatening condition in which organ failure ensues because of a lack of adequate blood flow and death often results.