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Death in disguise: A broad campaign targets sepsis, which often mimics minor ills
Orange County Register

When he started feeling sick one Sunday last year, Stan Tkaczyk “was mad at myself” for not getting a flu shot.

It wasn’t until weeks later – after he got severe shakes and called paramedics, after a trip to the emergency room and after his wife, Barbara, told him he’d been unconscious for five days – that he learned it wasn’t flu. The 69-year-old Newport Beach resident nearly died from sepsis, a virulent response to infection.

Each year sepsis lands more than 1 million people in hospitals and kills about 150,000 of them. The annual tab exceeds $20 billion. It is the biggest, deadliest, costliest illness in U.S. hospitals.