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Praise for low infection rates

PUBLISHED: 09:36 26 January 2010 | UPDATED: 16:05 06 July 2010

HEALTH services in the region have been commended for achieving some of the lowest rates of infections in the country.

NHS East of England is now ranked second in the country for its low rates of C.

HEALTH services in the region have been commended for achieving some of the lowest rates of infections in the country.

NHS East of England is now ranked second in the country for its low rates of C.difficile and MRSA - superbugs referred to as healthcare-associated infections.

The number of MRSA cases remained below the ceiling number for the month of November in the eastern region.

The region was seven cases below the ceiling number for the month and 58 cases below the year-to-date ceiling which means the region is on course to achieve its annual target.

Hospitals in East Anglia reported that C.difficile cases remain below the ceiling number by 57 cases in November and by 504 cases for the year-to-date.

At primary care trust level the east of England did breach the monthly ceiling target of C.difficile cases by eight in November, with 216 cases, against a target of 208.

Dr Paul Cosford, regional director of public health, said: “The latest figures are great news and will add further momentum to our campaign to eliminate health care associated infections.

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