No evidence that NSF's infection was acquired in Brunei

A Straits Times article questioned if 3SG Nigel Loh Kai Wen's infection with leptospirosis was acquired during his training in Brunei (A year on, family still seeking answers on NSF son's death; May 16).

Brunei had only 5 reported leptospirosis cases from 2012 to 2016. However, the general population, operationally ready national servicemen (NSmen) included, is at risk of acquiring leptospirosis in Singapore, which was gazetted by Singapore's Ministry of Health (MOH) as a notifiable disease in September 2016. From 2012 to last year, there were 289 documented cases of leptospirosis in Singapore - 53 in 2017 alone.

The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) has found no evidence that 3SG Loh's leptospirosis infection was acquired during training.

Investigations revealed that none of his platoon or company soldiers who had trained with him in Brunei and Singapore was infected.

Neither were any causative agent or rodent activities that could lead to infection with leptospirosis detected in his camp. The Ministry of Health has classified 3SG Loh as a local case of leptospirosis.

Mindef and SAF offer our deepest condolences to the family of late 3SG Loh and will continue to assist them as best as we can.

Lo Hong Yee COL (Dr)

Chief Army Medical Officer

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 18, 2018, with the headline 'No evidence that NSF's infection was acquired in Brunei'. Print Edition | Subscribe