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Number of C diff deaths rise in Scotland as deaths from CHD and cancer fall

More people died from Clostridium difficile infection in Scotland in2008 than in 2007 but the death rate fell throughout the year,according to statistics published by the General Register Office forScotland. In contrast, deaths from coronary heart disease (CHD) andcancer fell

More people died from Clostridium difficile infection in Scotland in 2008 than in 2007 but the death rate fell throughout the year, according to statistics published by the General Register Office for Scotland. In contrast, deaths from coronary heart disease (CHD) and cancer fell.

The statistics show that C difficile was the main cause of death in 248 people in 2008, compared with 220 the previous year, and a contributory factor in a further 517 deaths (also up from 377 in the previous year). Deaths from meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus were down by 14 per cent.

For heart disease and cancer, compared with the previous year, deaths from CHD in the under 75s were down 8.6 per cent in 2008 and by 2.1 per cent for cancer. Deaths from stroke in the under 75s rose by 4.1 per cent in the same period.

Citation: The Pharmaceutical Journal URI: 10975445

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