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Sepsis is a complication caused by the body’s overwhelming and life-threatening response to infection, which can lead to tissue damage, organ failure, and death. It is difficult to predict, diagnose, and treat. Patients who develop sepsis have an increased risk of complications and death and face higher healthcare costs and longer treatment. CDC is working to increase awareness of sepsis and the need to prevent and urgently treat sepsis among the public, healthcare providers, and healthcare facilities. Read personal stories and perspectives on sepsis at: CDC’s Safe Healthcare Blog.