Is Bacterial Sepsis Contagious?

Sepsis is not contagious in and of itself, but the infectious agents, or pathogens that cause sepsis can be transmitted from person-to-person.

This can be either directly or indirectly transferred from contaminated items such as clothing or utensils, or sometimes a mother may transfer bacteria (group B streptococcus, for example) to her newborn at the time of delivery. Most septic patients will not necessarily transfer sepsis to another person.

Conversely, if the infectious agents are transferred to another person, it’s not a given that the person will necessarily develop sepsis. It’s also important to note that the agents that cause sepsis may remain active for a time after death.

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