C difficile cases rising, but MRSA rates falling

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: (Published 26 July 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:177
  1. Lynn Eaton
  1. London

    The number of cases of methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections of the blood reported to the UK Health Protection Agency fell in January to March 2007, compared with the previous quarter, figures published on Tuesday have shown. But the figures for Clostridium difficile for patients aged more than 65 years were 22% higher than in the previous quarter, October to December 2006.

    There were 1444 cases of MRSA infections of the blood reported in England in January to March, compared with 1542 in the previous quarter. For the entire year, April …

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