*NOTE: The Straits Times covered up the nationality of the kindergarten teacher and inaccurately stated that the infected teacher had latent TB instead of active TB.
An China kindergarten teacher who was diagnosed with active tuberculous last Friday (Aug 19) covered up her TB condition and did not declare to her employer. This put the Bukit Batok kindergaren the latest to be hit by the infectious disease. The Ministry of Health (MOH) began their screening of 104 pre-school children, aged between two months and six years old, and 20 employees at the Bukit Batok Street 31 kindergarten, Little Green House, only on Wednesday (Aug 24).
According to the kindergarten, the centre was fumigated and sanitized a day after the discovery (Aug 20). Parents were informed of the tuberculous outbreak on the same day. The blood test result is still pending.
This is the third tuberculous outbreak in one year. Last month in July, 47 residents living at Ang Mo Kio Blk 203 were diagnosed with tuberculous. In Dec last year, 5 children caught tuberculous from an infected nurse at the National University Hospital.
The Minister of Health Gan Kim Yong has been silent on the issues of virus outbreak. A few months ago, Minister Gan Kim Yong acknowledged that the Singapore government covered up a Hepatitis C virus outbreak that killed 8 and infected 22 because of the General Election in 2015.