Hospital infection rates have reached a record low in Scotland, according to the latest figures.
A new report by Health Protection Scotland said that C. difficile rates had dropped by 42% when compared to the same period last year, while MRSA rates have fallen 22%.
There were 996 cases of C. difficile in those aged over 65 between April and June 2009, compared to 1,732 cases in the same quarter last year, the report said.
About 145 cases of MRSA were recorded between April and June 2009, compared to 180 in the same quarter last year, according to the report.
Scotland is investing over £50m ($80m) over three years to prevent healthcare-associated infections. Initiatives include a national MRSA screening programme and unannounced hospital inspections.