Tan Chuan Jin gets TB! But no, you won’t catch it from him

Minister Tan Chuan Jin makes a full recover from a very rare form of Tuberculosis.

Mr Tan had a rare form of tuberculosis that affects only %5 of all tuberculosis patients. The usually fit and healthy Minister was diagnosed with plural effusion, a form of TB where fluid between the layers of tissue that line the lungs and chest cavity build up.


Although Mr Tan wasn’t infectious, he still took precaution and measures to not come into contact with people unnecessarily. Once he started on his medication, the infection was contained within his body. Mr Tan had informed Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong who expressed concern for his colleague.

Mr Tan’s episode is a reminder that it is important to recognise early symptoms and how early treatment can prevent further damage and long term effects.

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