Eleven MRSM students down with tuberculosis

TAIPING: Eleven Maktab Rendah Sains Mara (MRSM) students have been diagnosed with tuberculosis.

One male student has already recovered while 10 others are still being treated.

Perak Health Committee chairman Datuk Dr Mah Hang Soon said the first case was diagnosed in August last year while the latest was detected on April 4.

"All 10 students, seven boys and three girls, are responding well to medicines. They are going about as normal.

"There's no isolation needed. Once treatment begins, it is not infectious," he told reporters after visiting the school on Wednesday.

Dr Mah also urged parents to immunise their children, to prevent them from being infected by the disease.

He said the state Health Department was actively screening the school for other cases.

"A boarding school is usually a high-risk location with the close proximity living environment.

"The school is also taking proactive steps to ensure its students' dormitories are better ventilated and have proper lighting," he said.


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