The silent killer: Sepsis takes 5,000 Australian lives each year

It takes more lives than the annual road toll yet 40% of Australian's have never heard of the disease.

Sepsis is a life threatening illness that occurs when the body responses to infection injures tissues and organs.

Every year at least 18,000 Australian's are diagnosed with Sepsis with around 5,000 losing their lives.

Anyone could get Sepsis from any infection at any time.

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