An increasing number of patients are contracting the deadly Clostridium difficile infection in English hospitals, according to the Health Protection Agency’s latest figures.
The agency said 55,681 cases were reported among patients aged 65 years and over in 2006, representing an increase of 8 per cent in a year.
The agency said that despite high rates infection across England, there were signs that rates of C. difficile were “slowing down”, as compared to the 17 per cent increase in reported cases between 2004 and 2005.
The latest MRSA bloodstream infection figures, also out today, show that there were 1,542 cases reported in England from October 2006 to December 2006, down 7 per cent on the previous quarter (July 2006 to September 2006), when there were 1,652 reported cases of bloodstream infections caused by MRSA.
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