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Community-acquired infections rising

9th 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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