We know the names of killers like cancer, but not sepsis. This is dangerous. It is one of the world's biggest killers. Sepsis happens when our body puts too many chemicals into our blood to fight disease. The chemicals can damage our organs and kill us. Doctors once called this blood poisoning. Most sepsis cases are in children.
A study in a medical journal said 50 million people a year get sepsis. Twenty per cent of these die. This is double what we thought. Sepsis kills more people than cancer. A doctor is "alarmed" because sepsis, "is both preventable and treatable". He wants to stop sepsis killing babies. Doctors can treat sepsis with antibiotics.