NEARLY 10 people are dying every day from the superbug Clostridium difficile.
Official figures show 6,480 death certificates in 2006 mentioned the bug, compared with 3,757 the year before - a rise of 72 per cent.
The increase comes after the Government told doctors in 2005 to note healthcare-acquired infections on death certificates.
The number which gave C.diff as the underlying cause of death rose from 2,063 in 2005 to 3,490 in 2006 in England and Wales - almost 10 a day.
Prof Brian Duerden, the Government's chief microbiologist, said the rise in death certificates mentioning C.diff was due to better reporting and overall infection rates were falling.
He added: "Since 2006 we have taken significant steps to tackle infections. These include stringent hand-washing guidance for the NHS, a bare-below-the- elbows dress code, putting matrons back in charge of cleanliness on their wards and an ongoing deep clean of every ward."
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