Asia Briefs: Spike in typhoid fever cases in Malaysia

Spike in typhoid fever cases in Malaysia

PETALING JAYA • Malaysia has seen a sudden spike in typhoid fever cases, with 32 reported in Kuala Lumpur since August, and the Health Ministry is rushing to find the source of the infection.

Typhoid fever is caused by the bacteria Salmonella typhi and is spread by eating food or water contaminated with excreta from an infected person.


Chinese tourist dies after alleged assault

HONG KONG • A Chinese tourist died in Hong Kong yesterday, police said, after he was allegedly beaten unconscious in a row over "forced shopping" by a gang of four men.

The 53-year-old victim, named as Miao Chunqi by the South China Morning Post, from northern China, was trying to calm a row between two women - a fellow tourist and the tour group's leader. Police have classified the case as manslaughter.


Thai military plans to fight online dissent

BANGKOK • Thailand's junta yesterday said it planned to create a new military unit to fight online dissent, as Internet freedom campaigners said they were training hundreds of volunteers for a "cyber war" against censorship .


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 21, 2015, with the headline 'AsiaBriefs'. Subscribe