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Experts warn of 'alarming' rise of sepsis among the young as it emerges cases have doubled

Experts warn of 'alarming' rise of sepsis among the young as it emerges cases have doubled in three years * Experts warm antibiotic resistance is fuelling high numbers of sepsis patients * Official NHS data shows there were 350,344 recorded admissions in 2017/18 * The number of babies and toddlers admitted with the illness risen to 38,401  By Eleanor Hayward Health Reporter For The Daily MailPublished: 00:02 BST, 22 July 2019 | Updated: 00:31 BST, 22 July 2019 Hospital admissions for sepsis have more than doubled in three years – including an ‘alarming’ rise in young children being treated, figures show.Experts warned that antibiotic resistance is fuelling the soaring numbers and warned parents to be extra vigilant for signs of the illness.Official NHS data shows there were 350,344 recorded hospital admissions for sepsis in 2017/18, up from 169,125 three years earlier.And the number of babies and toddlers admitted with the illness has risen by almost a quarter to 38,401.There were a further 48,647 admissions for older children and young people under the age of 24 in 2017/18, an increase of a third in three years.Sepsis strikes when an infection such as blood poisoning sparks a violent immune response in which the body attacks its own organs. The number dying after contracting sepsis is currently 52,000 a year in the UK. But experts point out that despite a rise in cases, the number of Britons dying from sepsis is falling.The Daily Mail has been pushing for improved sepsis care for several years and our campaign has been credited with improving awareness of the illness.Dr Ron Daniels, chief executive of the UK Sepsis Trust, said: ‘It’s highly likely that this [raised awareness] means that we’re now closer to the true number of cases than we were three years ago.’But he warned the rise in cases is also being fuelled by decades of over-use of antibiotics, which has led to the development of drug-resistant bacteria.Dr Daniels said: ‘A decade or two ago, infections such as urinary tract infections would be controlled by simple antibiotics – not so t ...Read more

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