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Eleven known cases of super fungus Candida auris infections in Singapore since 2012: MOH, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – There were 11 isolated cases of Candida auris infections at public hospitals here since 2012 but no outbreak was reported, a Ministry of Health (MOH) spokesman said on Tuesday (April 9) in response to queries. Two of the patients found to be infected with the antifungal-resistant germ died while the other nine recovered. Three patients, including one of the two patients who died, were treated at the Singapore General Hospital between 2012 and 2017, it said on Monday. The MOH spokesman said: “The cases were immediately isolated and…

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22 students from NUS residential college down with gastroenteritis symptoms, MOH and SFA investigating, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – More than 20 students of a residential college at the National University of Singapore (NUS) have fallen ill after eating food from the accommodation’s dining hall. A source familiar with the situation told The Straits Times on Thursday (April 4) that the students had dined at the Ridge View Residential College on Tuesday and Wednesday. A majority of them ate food from the Malay food counter, the source said. There are also Western and Asian food options served at the dining hall, which is run by Chartwells. The…

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MOH, AVA and NEA investigating gastroenteritis outbreak at Tanglin MindChamps pre-school, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – The authorities are investigating an outbreak of gastroenteritis at a Tanglin MindChamps pre-school, the Ministry of Health (MOH), Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) and the National Environment Agency (NEA) said in a joint statement on Tuesday (Feb 26). Thirty-one people have developed gastroenteritis symptoms as of 12pm on Tuesday, the authorities said. Of the 31 people, two were hospitalised but have since been discharged. In response to queries, the Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA) said that it was looking into the incident alongside MOH, NEA and…

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US court grants MOH temporary restraining order against Brochez, American at centre of HIV data leak, Singapore News

The Ministry of Health (MOH) has been granted a temporary restraining order by a US court against the American who stole and leaked information from Singapore’s HIV database, The Straits Times has learnt. The order, given last Tuesday, temporarily prohibits Mikhy Brochez from disclosing any information from the ministry. It came ahead of last Friday’s arrest of the 34-year-old, who has been charged in a Kentucky court in the United States with the possession and unlawful transfer of stolen identification documents. US court documents obtained by The Straits Times shed…

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Chas subsidies for about 7,700 people miscalculated due to IT error: MOH, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – About 7,700 people who applied for and renewed their Community Health Assist Scheme (Chas) cards in September and October last year received inaccurate healthcare subsidies due to a computer system error. The Ministry of Health (MOH) said in a statement on Saturday (Feb 16) that the computer system, administered by NCS, had miscalculated the means-test results of these 7,700 individuals. This figure makes up about 17 per cent of people who made applications and renewals from Sept 18 to Oct 10 last year. The bungle was due to…

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HIV data leak: MOH aware only in 2016 that Mikhy Farrera Brochez had access to data, says Gan Kim Yong, Singapore News

While he first informed the authorities in 2012 that his partner had disclosed information about his HIV status to others and shared screenshots of this, Mikhy Farrera Brochez, the American at the centre of the leak of Singapore’s HIV Registry, was uncooperative and did not provide any evidence. The investigation hence did not make much headway, said Health Minister Gan Kim Yong in Parliament on Tuesday (Feb 12). Mr Gan was responding to questions from MPs about whether the Ministry of Health (MOH) had known about Brochez’s possible access to…

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MOH, AVA investigating after 14 children fall ill following lunch at Toa Payoh Sparkletots, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – A Friday (Feb 1) lunch at a Toa Payoh pre-school left 14 children vomiting and having diarrhoea. On Sunday, a spokesman from the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) said the AVA and the Ministry of Health (MOH) are investigating an outbreak of gastroenteritis at the pre-school. The spokesman added that as of Saturday, 14 of the cases were reported to have developed symptoms of gastroenteritis. A spokesman for the PAP Community Foundation (PCF), which manages the Sparkletots pre-school at Toa Payoh West, said that about 40…

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MOH wants public consultation on whether Singapore should ban or tax high-sugar drinks, Singapore, Health News

SINGAPORE – Singapore may well become the first country in the world to ban the sale of packaged drinks with high sugar content. This is one of the moves the Ministry of Health (MOH) is contemplating in its efforts to cut the high sugar intake of people here, as it is a major factor for obesity and diabetes. The MOH and the Health Promotion Board are asking people for their views on four measures to cut sugar intake from drinks, which include 3-in-1 mixes, cordials, yogurt drinks, fruit juices and…

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