18 Jan '12, 8am

Singapore has one of the lowest tuberculosis rates in Asia

Singapore has one of the lowest tuberculosis rates in Asia

Researcher at Novartis Institute for Tropical Diseases at Chromos. The institute is dedicated to discover treatments for diseases of the developing world, including tuberculosis, malaria and dengue fever. -- PHOTO: NOVARTIS By Melissa Pang About 1,380 Singapore residents have been diagnosed with tuberculosis (TB) each year over the last five years, with 95 per cent of the infections affecting adults. During the same period, about 100 students were diagnosed each year, with more than 75 per cent of the infected students aged 17 years or older. Minister of State for Health Dr Amy Khor, in response to questions from Non-Constituency Member of Parliament Lina Chiam on TB in Singapore, said this works out to about 40 cases per 100,000 - an infection rate similar to that among people who do not live in Singapore. Currently, there are about 1,000 people being treated for the dise...

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