By Tony Winterburn • 17 January 2020 • 11:26
One in five deaths around the world is caused by sepsis: new report.
Sepsis is the most deadly condition in the world and kills more people than cancer, scientists have said, after finding that it is responsible for twice as many deaths as thought.
The previous global estimate from 2016 put the annual death toll from sepsis, sometimes described as blood poisoning, at 5.3 million deaths with a total of 19.4 million cases.
What exactly is Sepsis?
Sepsis is a life-threatening condition caused by the body’s response to an infection. The body normally releases chemicals into the bloodstream to fight an infection. Sepsis occurs when the body’s response to these chemicals is out of balance, triggering changes that can damage multiple organ systems
Researchers have said that this estimate was based on data from hospitals in seven relatively wealthy countries including the United States, New Zealand, and Sweden. They have now taken into account lower-income countries and included data from deaths that occurred outside of hospitals.
This has led them to increase their estimate to 11 million deaths and 48.9 million cases per year worldwide.
Celebrities who have died of sepsis:
Paul Allen, Co-Founder of Microsoft ,Country star Ray Price, Derek Acorah, British Medium, Dan Adamescu, Roy Agnew, Alexander of Greece, Muhammad Ali, Sandy Allen, Daniel Alomía Robles and Eugene Andolsek to name just a few.
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