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Infectious and parasitic conditions 11/18

In the case of an infectious or parasitic condition, If the causal agent is known, this should be stated on the death certificate. It is also important, 

•To state the site of the infection, if it is known, such as urinary or respiratory tract. 

•If the source of the infection can be identified, the term “septicaemia” or “sepsis” should not be reported as the underlying cause of death. 

•Terms that should be used could be examples such as septic abortion, community-acquired pneumonia or urinary tract infection.

However, where the cause or site of the septicaemia is unknown, state “septicaemia (unknown site)” on the certificate.