Health Service Journal (3 May 2007, p. 8) reports that C. diff rates are up 8 percent, with 55681 cases reported to the HPA in 2006, against 51767 the previous year. The number of cases in January - March 2006 was 15335, but 12814, in October - December. The HPA say it is too early to say if this is a trend. No doubt everyone will view the increase year on year from 2005 to 2006 as a trend, but there we are!
The HPA has been tasked with producing new guidance on C. diff. I shall mention it here when I spot it.
Today's BMJ discusses this as well.