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Does sepsis affect infants differently than adults?

For both infants and adults, sepsis is a systemic bacterial infection that overwhelms the immune system. Infants are particularly vulnerable because of their weak immune systems. However, elderly people and adults with compromised immune systems (such as people with AIDS) face a similar risk from sepsis. People of all ages have an increased risk of sepsis as a consequence of hospital visits.

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