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Burn Mortality

So I'm writing an Avatar: The Last Airbender fic concerning Zuko, and I was wondering...was it possible (or even probable) that the duel burn on his face could have killed him, had any kind of secondary infection set in?  As far as I can tell, Avatar-world hasn't figured out germ theory  yet, and antiseptics and antibiotics are unknown.

I've tried googling a combination of the words 'burn' 'burn mortality' 'mortality rate' 'without treatment' "18th century", etc., but all the statistics I can come up with assume modern medical care is accessible.
Tags: ~medicine: burns & smoke inhalation, ~medicine: historical
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