DEATHS from two hospital superbugs in Yorkshire and Humberside are rising.
Latest Office for National Statistics figures show that in 2005 99 people in the region died because of Clostridum difficile (C diff).
The 2004 figure was 74.
In London, the East Midlands, the North-East and the West Midlands the disease was given as the cause of death in twice as many cases in 2005 as in 2004.
Meanwhile, MRSA was mentioned on the death certificates of 147 people in Yorkshire and Humberside, up from 115 in 2004.
The problem has risen sharply since 1993, when just two death certificates in the region mentioned the disease.
C diff is a bacterium living in the gut that is normally kept in check by `healthy' bacteria.
It can become deadly when a patient is treated with wide-spectrum antibiotics, which affect all the bacteria in the gut.
Nationally, C diff was mentioned on one in every 250 death certificates and MRSA on one in every 500 between 2001 to 2005.
Health minister Lord Hunt said: "We have set very tough targets for hospital trusts to reduce infections."