Materia Medica Malaysiana

January 28, 2005


Filed under: Uncategorized — malaysianmedicine @ 1:15 pm

15,000 HIV, TB foreign workers deported

More than 15,000 foreign workers were sent home last year after being found afflicted with tuberculosis (TB) and Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV).
This was detected in medical tests carried out after they had worked for a year.
Pantai Holdings Berhad chairman Datuk Dr Ridzwan Bakar said this was worrying as the foreign workers could have spread the diseases to Malaysians during their one-year stay.
Furthermore, he added, studies showed there had been an increase in Malaysians suffering from TB and other infectious diseases, believed to have been transmitted by foreign workers.

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