Septicemia is a serious, life-threatening infection in the body's blood system. It can be caused by infections from other parts of the body such as the lungs, abdomen, and urinary tract. Symptoms include chills, high fever, and rapid breathing and heart rate, and it can progress quickly to confusion, altered mental state, and shock. Seeking early medical treatment for infections is key to preventing septicemia.

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