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Miller also reported that C-diff was increasing at the hospitals since 2007, while MRSA has been declining since 2005.
Last year, a government report noted a decline in MRSA infections in a study of 600 hospital intensive-care units. MRSA bloodstream infections connected with intravenous tubes fell almost 50 percent from 1997 to 2007, according to data reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
C-diff has seemed to be increasing in recent years, but the trend is not uniform -- some hospitals report falling rates. The prevalence of different infections can vary in different parts of the country, said Dr. L. Clifford McDonald, a CDC expert who was not part of the Duke study.
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