KL typhoid outbreak has ended: Health Ministry

KL typhoid outbreak has ended: Health Ministry
Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.
PHOTO: The Star/ANN

PETALING JAYA - The Health Ministry says that the typhoid outbreak in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor has ended.

The last case with typhoid symptoms was reported on Oct 20, said Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah (pic).

Total cumulative cases were 71 and no deaths were reported, he said.

"The risk factors identified with the outbreak were dirty food outlets and food handling, not attending food preparation courses and workers not getting typhoid vaccinations," he said in a statement on Monday.

Dr Hisham said 906 food premises were inspected during the outbreak and 327 (36.1 per cent) were ordered to be shut down under the Food Act 1983 and the Food Regulations 1985.

The number of food handlers inspected were 3,324 and 617 (18.6 per cent) of them had not been vaccinated for typhoid, he said.

He said 49 compounds were issued to food outlet owners found to have employed food handlers who had not been vaccinated.

The Ministry reminded the public to pay attention to food cleanliness to avoid contracting typhoid and other food and water borne infectious diseases.

"They should wash hands before eating, after eating and after going to the toilet, drink boiled water and wash vegetables, ulam and fruits with running water before eating," he said.

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