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C. difficile up but MRSA down

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Cases of Clostridium difficile are rising but MRSA rates have dropped, according to latest figures by the Health Protection Agency.

Cases of Clostridium difficile are rising but MRSA rates have dropped, according to latest figures by the Health Protection Agency.

In 2006, 55,681 cases of C difficile were reported in patients aged 65 years and above in England - an annual increase of 8% compared to 2005.

Meanwhile, quarterly figures for MRSA showed infections have fallen by 7%, with 1,542 cases reported from October to December 2006. Annual figures are expected in July.

Georgia Duckworth, head of the agency's Healthcare Associated Infection and Antimicrobial Resistance Department, said the provisional figures should be interpreted with caution as numbers can fluctuated from quarter to quarter.

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