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MALAYSIA: Foreign Workers Influx Cause of Rise in TB Cases


The Star Online (10.28.2013) Aids Weekly Plus

The Star Online reported that TB cases in Kuala Lumpur rose from 16,000 in 2008 to 20,000 in 2011, with an influx of foreign workers cited among the causes for the increase, according to Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramanium. During the opening of a Foreign Workers Medical Examination and Monitoring Agency seminar on October 27, he said that foreign workers made up approximately 12–13 percent of the 20,000 TB cases reported in 2011. Subramanium also declared that foreign workers who desired to work in Kuala Lumpur must undergo two health screenings—one in their country of origin and one in Malaysia.


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