No TB outbreak in Johor, says health dept

  • Metro News
  • Friday, 02 Aug 2019

JOHOR BARU: Johor Health Department has denied reports that went viral on social media that there were more than 70 tuberculosis (TB) cases in Kampung Melayu Majidee Baru and Kampung Melayu Pandan here.

Its director Dr Selahuddeen Abd Aziz said the fake news had also warned the public to stay away from the area to reduce the risk of infections.

“From January to July this year, we only recorded ten cases of TB in these areas and all of them had been treated and were being closely monitored.

“The department also wishes to inform that no statement has been issued on travel restrictions, including to the areas concerned due to tuberculosis or any other infectious disease,” he said in a statement.

Dr Selahuddeen said the department advised the public not to spread false information which could lead to confusion and panic among the community.

Tuberculosis is caused by the pathogenic bacteria Mycobacterium Tuberculosis, which is spread through fluids secreted from the mouth and nose of tuberculosis patients when they cough, talk or sneeze.

Patients who have been diagnosed with tuberculosis should seek immediate and complete tuberculosis treatment as advised by a doctor, to avoid the infection from spreading

Tuberculosis is among the list of contagious diseases that must be reported to the health authorities, and is monitored closely by the Health Department.
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