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Latest figures show MRSA bloodstream infections falling

18 September 2008

Quarterly figures for April to June 2008 published by Health Protection Agency

The Health Protection Agency has today published its latest quarterly report on MRSA (meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) bloodstream infections.

The latest figures from the Agency's mandatory surveillance of MRSA bloodstream infections show that there were 836 cases reported in England during the April to June quarter of 2008. This represents a 14% decrease on the previous quarter (January to March 2008) when 969 reports were received and a 36% reduction in the corresponding quarter of 2007 (April to June) when 1,306 reports were received.

Professor Peter Borriello, Director of the Agency's Centre for Infections, said: "The reduction of health care associated infections is a big challenge throughout the world and the falls we are seeing in cases of MRSA bloodstream infections demonstrate the huge efforts being made by NHS staff to tackle these infections.

"The next challenge for the NHS will be to ensure that the downward trend continues and that we move to a position of zero tolerance. Of course, not all cases are preventable but if the fight against healthcare associated infections is to be won, it is vital that the measures which have achieved this significant success remain in place and that both the public and healthcare workers recognise the importance of these measures."


Notes to Editors:

The Health Protection Agency publishes mandatory surveillance data in a quarterly format. The next set of quarterly data for MRSA bloodstream infections will be published in December 2008. MRSA bloodstream infection figures - a summary of cases reported under mandatory surveillance in England



Number of MRSA bloodstream infection reports

April 2006 – June 2006


July 2006 – September 2006


October 2006 – December 2006


January 2007 – March 2007


April 2007 – June 2007


July – September 2007


October – December 2007


January 2008 – March 2008


April 2008 – June 2008



NB: Data are collected at Trust level and are not published by the Health Protection Agency for individual hospitals within a Trust.

Reports of MRSA bloodstream infections for individual Trusts are available at Quarterly figures for C. difficile infections (April to June 2008) will be published on October 23rd 2008.

For further information on this press release please contact the Health Protection Agency's Centre for Infections press office on:

Georgina Fletcher 020 8327 6690

David Daley 020 8327 6647

Kate Swan 020 8327 7097

Alexandra Baker 020 8327 7098

Last reviewed: 26 May 2010