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Fewer superbug cases in hospitals

MRSA
Superbugs such as MRSA are bacteria resistant to more than one antibiotic

The number of people in hospital suffering from the superbug MRSA has been cut by 37% in the East of England, new figures show.

The number of cases dropped from 333 in 2007/2008 to 282 in 2008/2009.

So far this year, two hospital trusts Basildon and Thurrock and Peterborough and Stamford breached targets for the number of cases with 13 each.

Papworth Hospital in Cambridge has the lowest incidence of MRSA so far this year with only one case reported.

A report to the region's strategic health authority NHS East of England also found reductions in the number of cases of the bug Clostridium Dificile (C Diff) by 49% compared with last year.

So far this year only Suffolk Primary Care Trust breached its target limit for the number of cases.

It has reported 490 cases so far this year - 61 cases above its NHS limit.



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