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Hospitals Advised to Start Infection Surveillance


YAKIMA, Wash. --  A panel of experts is recommending that hospitals in Washington State step up their efforts to prevent deadly infections.

They are recommending that hospitals start "standardized surveillance" of patients who are at high risk for antibiotic resistant infections.

Governor Christine Gregoire advised the Department of Health to form the panel late last year. Their goal was to come up with a plan to curb the spread of MRSA and other bacteria that cause deadly staph infections.

This was after a number of MRSA cases broke out in area schools. An 11-year old Hermiston boy was diagnosed with the infection. Cases were also reported in Spokane and Tacoma.