TB in Singapore: 160+ test positive at Bukit Merah HDB block

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TB is Tuberculosis, a bacterial infection spread through inhaling tiny droplets from the coughs or sneezes of an infected person. It mainly affects the lungs, but it can affect any part of the body, including the tummy (abdomen), glands, bones and nervous system.

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/tuberculosis-tb/

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The Health Ministry added that further tests are required to determine if these people have tuberculosis infection or active tuberculosis disease.

TB is typically spread through close and prolonged contact with an infectious individual, and not by contact with items or surfaces touched by a person with TB.

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Published June 24, 2022

Updated June 24, 2022

SINGAPORE — Tuberculosis screening for residents and workers at Block 2 Jalan Bukit Merah is now mandatory after about 170 people who were screened earlier tested positive, said the Ministry of Health (MOH) on Friday (June 24).

The Health Ministry said in a news release that it will extend its tuberculosis screening for those living or working at the affected block to June 24 and June 25.

This follows an earlier round of voluntary tuberculosis screening for these individuals from May 27 to May 31. On-site chest X-ray will also be conducted for selected residents who require further testing.

“The extended screening exercise and further tests will be conducted free of charge. All persons living or working at the block who have not been screened for tuberculosis are required to participate in the extended screening exercise,” said MOH.

“The screening is mandatory under the Infectious Diseases Act. Persons who have been recalled for further tests will also be required to complete these tests.”

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The Straits Times

More than 150 tested positive for TB in Jalan Bukit Merah; MOH extends screening

Samuel Devaraj

Published 1 Hour Ago

SINGAPORE – Some 30 per cent of 574 residents and workers at 2 Jalan Bukit Merah who went through voluntary testing in late May have tested positive for tuberculosis.

The Ministry of Health (MOH) said in a press release on Friday (June 24) that further tests would be run for those who tested positive to determine if they have TB infection or active TB disease. 

“Those with active TB disease will be treated while those with latent TB infection will be given appointments for follow-up at the TB Control Unit and offered treatment if suitable,” said MOH in the release.

The ministry has also detected one more case that is “genetically linked by Whole Genome Sequencing”, with contact investigations underway.

MOH offered tests for current and former residents, stallholders, shop owners and their employees in that block last month as a preventive measure after seven people were diagnosed with TB at the block between February 2021 and March this year.

In its statement last month, MOH said that a genetic analysis in April revealed a similar genetic make-up in the first seven cases, suggesting that the cases were linked to at least one common source.

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