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Sepsis On The Rise
Updated July 19, 2017 6:21 AM | Filed under: Health
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(UNDATED) - U.S. hospitals are seeing a sharp rise in cases of sepsis.

Sepsis is a condition in which the body's immune system attacks its own organs while fighting off an infection, and it's the top killer in American hospitals.

A new government report out this week suggests that cases of sepsis tripled from 2005 to 2014, resulting in over a million hospital stays by 2014.

Experts who study sepsis say the reported increase is a reflection of how doctors are getting better at identifying it.

Other experts say the sepsis rates are rising because the population is aging, and that people with serious illnesses, who are more likely to get sepsis, are living longer thanks to better medicine.

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