MRSA levels hit record low in England

The British Health Protection Agency recently announced that rates of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus in England have fallen to their lowest level since record keeping began.

The National Health Service reported 97 cases of MRSA in June, the first time the monthly number of cases dropped below 100 since records began, according to the BBC.

The announcement marks an important milestone in the fight against the antibiotic resistant superbug, which threatened to undermine confidence in the British health system. Cases peaked in 2003-2004, as MSRA infections topped U.K. headlines.

Monthly records were introduced relatively recently in order to give more timely data on progress against the disease. In recent years, monthly averages hovered between 100 and 120.

"The sustained pattern of falling infections across the health service is good news,” Health Secretary Andrew Lansley said, the BBC reports. "However, the variation between the very best in the country and the very worst is still unacceptably high. So while progress has been made we must do better to shrink this gap and improve standards for all."

Clostridium difficile infections were also reported to be on the decline in the U.K. June figures show a 16 percent drop in cases compared to one year ago.