Superbug-related deaths hit at least 15-year Wales low

From BBC - October 31, 2017

Deaths involving some of the most-common superbugs have hit their lowest levels in Wales for at least 15 years, official figures have shown.

Statistics from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show downward trends in deaths involving MRSA, C. difficile and Staphylococcus aureus continued in 2016.

The number of death certificates which mentioned MRSA hit a 22-year low.

The Welsh Government said it reflected "overall progress" NHS Wales has made.

There were 10 death certificates in which MRSA was mentioned in 2016, according to the ONS figures - the lowest since the 14 equivalent deaths in 1994.

In 2013, there was the first rise in the number of deaths involving C. diff in Wales since 2008.

However, the latest ONS data show there were 79 deaths with C. diff mentioned on the death certificate in 2016 - the lowest number since 2001.


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