No reason to panic over typhoid outbreak – Malaysian health ministry

October 21, 2015 6:14 am 

JOHOR BAHARU, Oct. 20 — The Malaysian Health Ministry on Tuesday advised the public not to panic over the typhoid outbreak in the federal capital and urged them to pay extra attention to hygiene to avoid contracting the disease.

Malaysian Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr. S. Subramaniam said typhoid was a treatable disease but the citizens should avoid going to unclean eateries and public toilets and ensure they drink only clean water.

"Typhoid is not something new in the country and the Health Ministry has sufficient stocks of vaccine to deal with any outbreak. We traced the outbreak to seven foreign construction workers at a construction site in Cheras, Kuala Lumpur in August," he told reporters after opening the ministry's 8th Quality Assurance Convention on Tuesday.

On Monday, Health Director-General Datuk Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah in a statement said there were 32 typhoid cases in Kuala Lumpur since August with 16 detected in Titiwangsa, Kepong (eight), Lembah Pantai and Cheras (both four cases each).

According to him, the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur Health Department is conducting epidemiological research in the field to find out how the outbreak could have happened. (PNA/Bernama)

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