16 Apr '11, 5pm

[TR] What is MOH doing about the TB’s resurgence in Singapore?

[TR] What is MOH doing about the TB’s resurgence in Singapore?

X-Ray picture of TB-infected lungs I refer to ‘Overuse of antibiotics leads to the rise of drug-resistant TB in China’ and ‘Superbug-gene found in New Delhi water raises fear of global spread’ in your TODAY April 8 edition. Once thought eradicated, tuberculosis has made a worldwide comeback with the worrying emergence of Multidrug-Resitant Tuberculosis (MDR-TB) and Extensively Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis (XDR-TB), both of which are very difficult to treat. The World Health Organisation has indicated that China, India, Indonesia, Philippines and Vietnam to be hotbeds of TB infection. The majority of our immigrants and migrant workers come from these countries. Our Health Ministry’s statistics showed that around 1,500 new cases of TB each year were detected among Singaporeans and permanent residents. Foreigners account for another 550 new cases each year. Even more worrying ...

Full article: http://www.temasekreview.com/2011/04/17/what-is-moh-doing...

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