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Hospital infection rate unacceptably high

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GREENVILLE, N.C. - A new report from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) says the state needs to do more to continue lowering healthcare-associated infections.

Dr. Zack Moore, medical epidemiologist for DHHS, says about one in 25 people who go to the hospital in North Carolina receive an infection.

"Those practices that have been put into place need to be kept up," Dr. Moore said. "It was not just an accident that those numbers have gone down. It's taken a lot of effort and those efforts need to continue"

Among the report's findings:
    - Vidant Medical Center's seeing a higher rate of Urinary Tract Infections and Bloodstream Infections compared to the state average
    - Lenoir General Hospital has a very high C. diff (causes extreme diarrhea) rate compared to similarly-sized hospitals
    - CarolinaEast Medical Center has a lower than average C. diff infection rate
    - Vidant Beaufort Hospital's infection rate are in line with state averages

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