Published in TB and Outbreaks Week, January 7th, 2003
Whether deaths from MRSA infection have increased in the U.K. has been unknown until now because the World Health Organization's International Classification of Diseases used for routine mortality statistics does not include a specific code for MRSA.
Researchers manually examined all death registrations between 1993 and 1998, indicating staphylococcal infection on any part of the death certificate, to identify MRSA from text entered on each line of the death certificate.
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