Friday, March 04, 2005

Britain's Superbug superinfection - March 4, 2005

Superbug infections are a well known trend. This is an interesting article because it points out that the issue has become an election issue in Britain.


Both were victims of the hospital 'superbug' - Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) - now so common in Britain's hospitals that it has become an election issue.

Official figures released last week revealed that nearly 1,000 people in England and Wales are now killed each year by MRSA, twice the number recorded four years ago. There were 487 recorded deaths in 1999 and 955 in 2003.

At the launch of his party's health manifesto, opposition Conservative Party leader Michael Howard called it 'a scandal unique in Europe', and has made MRSA a key plank in the party's campaign for the yet-to-be announced general election.

Britain's Superbug superinfection - March 4, 2005


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