17 Jan 2020

Sepsis revealed as major killer worldwide

From Five O'clock Report, 5:17 pm on 17 January 2020

One in five deaths around the world is caused by sepsis, according to a new study by the Global Burden Of Disease Report.

Sepsis -- also known as blood poisoning -- killed more than 11 million people in 2017 - that's 1.4 million more than the number of people killed by cancer.

It's got researchers concerned and calling for change as the threat of antibiotic resistance rears its head.

Kim Savage spoke to Waikato District Health Board director of infectious diseases Dr Paul Huggan, he told her there's a lack of awareness about sepsis.