Remember when, back in October, there was a typhoid outbreak in Kuala Lumpur? The good news is, it’s dunzo, according to the Malaysian Health Ministry.
The Star Online quoted Health Ministry director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah as saying that the last case with typhoid symptoms was reported on 20th October, and that it has been on an all-clear since then.
He added that more than 900 F&B premises were inspected during the outbreak and 327 (36.1%) were ordered to be shut down under the Food Act 1983 and the Food Regulations 1985.
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.
The number of food handlers inspected were 3,324 and 617 (18.6%) of them had not been vaccinated for typhoid. Following which, 49 compounds were issued to food outlet owners found to have employed food handlers who had not been vaccinated.
In total, there were 71 typhoid fever cases but no deaths were reported.
That having said, the Malaysian Health Ministry is urging the public to continue paying attention to food hygiene/cleanliness to avoid contracting typhoid and other food and water borne infectious diseases.
More ways to prevent and avoid typhoid fever here.
Source: The Star Online.