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MRSA infections fall further

By Lilian Anekwe

The number of MRSA infections recorded in England has continued to fall, the latest national figures show.

The latest Health Protection Agency figures show there were 676 cases MRSA infections recorded in England between October and December 2008.

This is a 7% decrease on the previous quarter when 725 reports were received, and 38% lower than the corresponding quarter of 2007 when 1,092 reports were received.

A HPA spokesperson said: ‘This continued reduction in cases of MRSA is testament to the huge efforts being made across the NHS to tackle the problem of healthcare associated infections, which remain a big challenge throughout the world.

‘To ensure this downward trend continues we cannot be complacent. We must all play our part – the public and healthcare workers – by ensuring the infection control measures that have made the current fight against MRSA so successful remain in place.'

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