Such a sepsis is also threatening for young, physically fit people, and the high outside temperature has additionally aggravated the development of the disease, « explains environmental doctor Hans-Peter Hutter from the Medical University of Vienna.
Toni P. holds out for three kilometers. Then he gets dizzy. The 19-year-old recruit collapses during a march on the grounds of the Horn barracks. When first aid does not work, he is returned to the troop accommodation. On the way there he loses consciousness. An emergency doctor takes P. to the hospital. But even there the doctors can no longer do anything for the young Viennese. He dies the same day. What exactly has not yet been finally clarified. First there is talk of an infection, then of heat death. After all, the outside temperature in Lower Austria was 36 degrees at the time of the march. An autopsy shows: Toni P. had an acute infection. Haemophilus influenzae type B bacteria and streptococci were found in his blood. This disease led to sepsis and ultimately cardiac arrest.
Heat increased sepsis
« Such sepsis is also threatening for young, physically fit people, and the high outside temperature has additionally increased the development of the disease, » explains environmental doctor Hans-Peter Hutter from the Medical University of Vienna. Sepsis, also known colloquially as « blood poisoning », is when pathogens start from a local inflammation and spread through the blood throughout the body and attack vital organs there. Around 7,500 people die from it every year in Austria. Lire la suite