No, sepsis itself is not contagious. Sepsis is an
out-of-control infection due to bacteria, viruses, or other invading organisms.
When an infection becomes uncontrolled, localized symptoms (like diarrhea from E. coli food poisoning, or coughing and
sneezing from influenza) become serious whole-body symptoms like a rapid heart
rate, low blood pressure, and confusion.
Although a person’s infection itself may be contagious
(you’d have to know the specific organism to say), sepsis is a complicated
response to infection that varies widely between individuals, and is poorly
understood in general. However, it’s clear that most people with sepsis don’t
transmit their infection to anyone else, and most people with infections (from
any cause) don’t get sepsis.
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