Community-acquired infections rising9th May 2008
Research by the Health Protection Agency has revealed a five-fold increase in hospital admissions for serious staphylococcal diseases.
Cases of community-onset staphylococcal septicaemia, pneumonia and impetigo have risen dramatically over a 15-year period and come as the Department of Health plans a surveillance system to monitor antibiotic-resistant infections in primary care. The findings have been published in Emerging Infectious Diseases, which analysed admission data from 1990 to 2001 and 2003/4.
Staphylococcal blood infections rose by more than 15 times in patients over 85, staphylococcal skin infections increased threefold and bone and joint infections rose by more than 50%.
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Title: Community-acquired infections rising
Author: Mark Nicholls
Article Id: 6688
Date Added: 9th May 2008