Thirty-six per cent of foreign nationals who worked in food premises around the country have not got their typhoid vaccination, said Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam.
Following 68 cases of typhoid or typhoid fever in Selangor and the Federal Territory last month, he said these food handlers could be instrumental in spreading the disease.
“Checks on food outlets also found that most of these foreign workers had not attended food safety courses,” he told reporters after the Clean, Safe and Healthy Food Court Award presentation held at the Dengkil R&R area near Sepang today.
Dr Subramanian said this year until October 31, a total of 111,641 food outlets were inspected and 1,996 (1.8%) of these were ordered closed.
Last year, 120,169 food premises were inspected nationwide and 3,115 (2.6%) ordered closed.
Media reports earlier this month said that the typhoid epidemic would be declared over if no new cases were reported within the next three weeks.
The last case was reported on October 16. – Bernama, November 25, 2015.