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GPs expect worried-well deluge in new vCJD scare

Diagnostic practices for patients with urinary tract infections vary dramatically between GPs, warns a new study from the Health Protection Agency.

Some practices were twice as likely as others to send samples for analysis and nearly twice as likely to diagnose patients with an infection, the research found.

The HPA urged GPs to overhaul diagnostic practices and said adult samples should only be submitted for treatment failures, complicated infections and in symptomatic elderly, but that children's samples should be routinely tested.

The study analysed samples submitted by GPs to seven microbiology laboratories in south-west England and was published in Communicable Disease and Public Health (September).

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