23 Mar '11, 5am

More TB cases in Singapore last year

More TB cases in Singapore last year

SINGAPORE: The number of new tuberculosis (TB) cases rose slightly last year. The Health Ministry (MOH) said there were 1,478 new cases of TB among Singapore residents in 2010, slightly higher than the 1,442 cases in 2009. The number of non-residents with TB was 550 compared to 524 in 2009. The figures were released by the Ministry a day ahead of World Tuberculosis Day. 82.4 per cent of the cases among Singapore residents were Singapore-born. Older age groups and males continue to make up a significant proportion of the new cases. Of the 1,478 new cases, almost 60 per cent were 50-years-old and above, and more than 65 per cent were men. There were 126 relapsed cases among Singapore residents, the majority were Singapore-born. MOH said while the emergence of multi-drug-resistant TB (MDR-TB) remains a serious health issue for many countries, Singapore was fortunate that it o...

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