"Placing TB under the Sixth Schedule of the IDA enables MOH to disclose particulars of the TB patient to the relevant authorities in a timely manner. Preventive measures can then be implemented without delay. These include:
- Contact tracing for infectious TB patients who have travelled on long-haul flights,
- Prohibition of infectious TB patients from travelling on commercial flights, and
- Management of recalcitrant TB patients to undergo treatment"
The problem globally and in Singapore is that the incidence of TB is increasing. The projected incidence of Singapore TB in 2008 is 38.4 per 100,000, which is higher than the 35.1 per 100,000 in 2007. Most of this increase is thought to be due to re-activation.