UK: MRSA Bloodstream Infections Continue To Fall

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The Health Protection Agency has today published its latest quarterly report on MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) bloodstream infections.


The latest figures from the Agency's mandatory surveillance of MRSA bloodstream infections show that there were 676 cases reported in England during the October to December quarter of 2008. This represents a 7% decrease on the previous quarter (July to September 2008) when 725 reports were received and a 38% reduction in the corresponding quarter of 2007 (October to December 2007) when 1,092 reports were received.

A Spokesperson from the Health Protection Agency said: "This continued reduction in cases of MRSA is testament to the huge efforts being made across the NHS to tackle the problem of healthcare associated infections, which remain a big challenge throughout the world.

"To ensure this downward trend continues we cannot be complacent. We must all play our part - the public and healthcare workers - by ensuring the infection control measures that have made the current fight against MRSA so successful remain in place."

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