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Scottish C difficile infection rates falling

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The number of older people recorded as having contracted the C difficile hospital bug in Scotland has dropped by 37% in a year, statistics showed today.

Quarterly figures from Health Protection Scotland show that between October and December last year 425 new cases of C.diff were recorded in those over 65, compared with 672 in the same period of 2009.

The number of new cases in under-65s has fallen by 45%, from 235 in the final quarter of 2009 to 129 in the final quarter of last year.

Cases of MRSA-related illness among all age groups were also down, with 82 new infections recorded between October and December 2009, down from 119 cases in the same period of 2009.

SNP health secretary Nicola Sturgeon praised Scotland’s NHS staff’s commitment to driving down the number of hospital infections.

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