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How does neonatal sepsis affect the body?

The infections resulting in neonatal sepsis can begin with almost any part of the body. Common starting points are the sinuses, ear, lungs, and gastrointestinal and urinary systems. Once it takes hold, the infection can spread to other parts of the body. In sepsis, the immune reaction to infection ends up contributing to the problem by changing the body's temperature, changing the heart rate (either very fast or very slow), causing breathing problems, and damaging its tissues.

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