Photo of foreign workers from Reuters

The Ministry of Health (MOH) today (Aug 10) confirm that they were unable to find the source of the the highly contagious disease, diphtheria, who infected a 21-year-old Bangladeshi foreign worker in Singapore. According to MOH, about 50 who came into contact with the deceased were screened but none of them was tested positive:

“All 48 contacts have been given preventive medication and a booster diphtheria vaccine. There is no evidence of further spread.”

The fatal disease can be transmitted airborne in close contact and symptoms include coughing, sneezing, fever and the swelling of the neck.

Singapore just saw its first fatality from a highly-contagious disease on last Friday (Aug 4), with the deceased victim confirmed to have contracted the disease locally.  The unnamed foreign worker was admitted to Khoo Teck Puat Hospital on August 1 after he developed fever and severe swelling at the neck on July 31. He was isolated and medicated, but treatment failed and he died three days later.