Blood stream infections or blood poisoning
Blood stream infections/ blood poisoning occurs when a bacterial infection elsewhere in the body such as in the lungs or skin which enters the blood stream. This is dangerous because the bacteria and their toxins can be carried through the blood stream to the entire body. It is a very serious condition that can lead to organ failure and even death. Blood poisoning requires immediate treatment. Unless it is treated quickly, the bacteria in the blood can cause sepsis. The symptoms of blood poisoning are similar to that of cold or of the flu.