JOHOR BARU: Five students of a matriculation college in Tangkak here have been infected with tuberculosis (TB).
It is believed to have started when the father of one of the affected students died of TB recently, Johor Health Department director Datuk Mohd Khairy Yaakub said.
He said the TB infection was first detected at the college on March 18 when the female student was unwell.
The others affected were three dormitory mates of the student and one of her classmates.
Those four students had contracted the disease through frequent contact with the female student.
“All five of them are being quarantined at the college until their treatment is completed,” Mohd Khairy said yesterday, adding that the other four tested positive for TB germs after a sputum test.
“The situation is under control. We are conducting all measures including contact tracking and screenings of the students phase by phase.”
As of yesterday afternoon, he said 650 students had been screened including the close friends of those infected.
Mohd Khairy said the department had also been tracing movements of the infected students to ensure all the places that they frequented were checked as well.
He urged parents not to worry and that the Health Ministry had been informed of the case.
“We are in close contact with the ministry and the college to monitor the situation,” he said.
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