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MRSA cases on the decline

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The number of patients infected with MRSA bacteraemia has fallen by 10% in the last year, according to figures released by the Health Protection Agency (HPA) today.

Between April 2006 and March 2007, 6,381 cases of MRSA were reported in England, compared to 7,096 cases between April 2005 and March 2006.

Professor Pete Borriello, director of the Centre for Infections, said: ‘These latest figures show a continuing downward trend in MRSA blood poisoning infections. Some NHS trusts have made a significant impact on their MRSA infection rates against a backdrop of increasing workloads.’

The 2007 Annual Report on Healthcare Associated Infection also showed a 10% drop in the quarterly figures for MRSA, from 1,447 reported cases in January to March 2007, to 1,303 from April to June 2007.

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