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Hospital infections kill 200 people daily in the US

Published on Mar 27, 2014 12:14 AM

WASHINGTON (AFP) - People who are hospitalised in the United States risk acquiring health care-associated infections, which kill 75,000 patients per year, the US health authorities said on Wednesday.

Many bacterial infections - which can lead to serious complications from pneumonia and illnesses of the intestinal tract - could be prevented if health care workers practiced common hygiene, said the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

"Although there has been some progress, today and every day more than 200 Americans with healthcare-associated infections will die during their hospital stay," said CDC Director Tom Frieden.

"The most advanced medical care won't work if clinicians don't prevent infections through basic things such as regular hand hygiene."

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