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How do other illnesses affect neonatal sepsis?

Neonatal sepsis is particularly dangerous when the infant has granulocytopenia, which means they are low in a particular type of white blood cell. An especially diminished supply of neutrophil granulocytes increases the risk of death, possibly as high as 75 percent. Because neonatal sepsis is a general condition, it can have manifestations described elsewhere as other conditions (e.g., meningitis, urinary tract infection).

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