A drug-resistant Tuberculous strain outbreak infected 6 victims, aged between their early 20s and 70s, at HDB blocks located along Ang Mo Kio Avenue 3. Residents living at the vicinity were told to go for tuberculous screening and the Ministry of Health has set up a health screening centre at the void deck of Blk 203.
Three of the six victims lived in the same unit while the other three live in different households. The first victim was found with the unique multi-drug-resistant tuberculous strain in 2012, while the last victim was only found last month. When questioned by the authorities, all four households said they did not know each other or even interacted, raising the possibility of a common unidentified “source” who had passed the disease to them.
The director of the Ministry of Health’s communicable disease division claimed that the victims are “no longer infectious and cannot spread the disease”. However, he failed to explain the cause of the strain and identify who is the source. The new tuberculous strain is especially hard to treat because it is resistant to antibodies.
PAP MP for Ang Mo Kio GRC Koh Poh Koon visited the residents with a horde of reporters.