10 Hospital-Acquired Infections You Should Be Afraid Of

10. Puerperal Fever

A rare disease today that afflicts women during childbirth, puerperal fever was once known as the “Doctor’s Plague” due to the fact that it was indeed the doctors themselves, unaware of germs and proper hygiene, that would spread the disease to the woman while giving birth. An illness that can result in fatal genital tract sepsis, this illness is still contracted in hospitals today, with Caesarean sections being the biggest risk factor. The most common symptoms are a high fever, inflammation of the inner lining of the uterus and the membrane lining of the abdomen. If sepsis has not yet set in, puerperal fever can be treated with antibiotics and the prognosis is good; if sepsis has set in then it becomes a much more difficult issue. While extremely rare in the west today, 3 out of every 100,000 women still suffer from puerperal fever.
10. Puerperal Fever