10 Feb '12, 12am

Sharp rise in cold, diarrhoea cases in Singapore; travel and yusheng may be culprits in outbreak, say doctors

Sharp rise in cold, diarrhoea cases in Singapore; travel and yusheng may be culprits in outbreak, say doctors

Madam Chua, being examined by Dr Philip Koh in his clinic in Tampines. Hers is a typical case of how flu spreads - her two children came down with the flu before passing the virus on to her. -- ST PHOTO: RAJ NADARAJAN By Salma Khalik, Health Correspondent Singapore is in the grip of an outbreak of colds and diarrhoea, doctors say. Significantly more patients than usual are turning up with these complaints. Possible reasons include the trend for taking end-of-year holidays to northern countries, where it is currently flu season. The Chinese New Year dish yusheng also has the potential to make diners ill if left out for too long. Polyclinics dealt with 17,557 cases of acute respiratory infections last week, up from 10,966 in the same period last year. Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Disqus. blog comments powered by Disqus

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