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Number of C difficile cases rises

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.333.7561.215-a (Published 27 July 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:215
  1. Mark Gould
  1. London

    The number of infections of Clostridium difficile in hospitals in England has risen sharply, new figures from the Health Protection Agency show. In particular, the number of reported cases in patients aged over 65 years rose by 17% last year—from 44 107 in 2004 to 51 690.


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    The agency said the increase was partly due to better reporting—all 169 NHS trusts submitted returns last year. But Georgia Duckworth, head of the agency's department for healthcare associated …

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