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England and Wales: number of MRSA fatalities decreased

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    Deaths involving MRSA: England and Wales, 2009

    Date: 24 August 2010

    Coverage: England and Wales Theme: Health and Care

    This Bulletin presents the latest figures for deaths where meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) was mentioned on the death certificate. It includes deaths which were registered in 2009 and figures for 2005 to 2008 for comparison purposes.

    ? Deaths involving MRSA infection fell by 37 per cent between 2008 and 2009 from 1,230 to 781

    ? The number of death certificates mentioning Staphylococcus aureus (including those which did not specify meticillin resistance) was 1,253 in 2009, 16 per cent lower than in 2008 (1,500)

    ? Between 2008 and 2009 age-standardised death rates for deaths involving MRSA decreased from 18.2 to 11.7 per million population among males and from 10.3 to 5.9 per million population among females

    ? During the 2005?2009 period, age-specific rates for deaths involving MRSA were highest in older age groups. In those aged 85 years and over, the rates were 621.7 per million population for males and 307.3 per million for females. Rates were lowest in the under 45 age group with one death per million for both sexes

    full article, with graphs :
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