Penang bans parks’ water activities

Posted on August 24, 2010. Filed under: Water resource |

-The Star- GEORGE TOWN: The state has banned water activities in three parks after two ponds at the Bukit Panchor State Park in Nibong Tebal tested positive for the leptospirosis bacteria.

Besides the Bukit Panchor State Park, state executive councillor Phee Boon Poh said other parks with ponds cordoned off since Saturday were the Taman Rimba forest reserve in Teluk Bahang and the Bukit Mertajam Forestry Park in Cherok Tok Kun.

Phee, who is State Health, Welfare, Caring Society and Environment Committee chairman, said that water activities at the three areas were shut down after the disease claimed its second victim in Kedah the same day.

He said another three ponds in the Bukit Panchor State Park tested negative for the bacteria.

“The samples from all ponds in the three parks were sent a month ago to a laboratory in Sungai Buloh. So far, I have only received the water samples’ reports from Bukit Panchor,” he said in an interview.

However, Phee said there had been no cases of people contracting the bacteria.

“We have also issued an order to all national service camps in the state to stay away from water activities,” he added. It was reported yesterday that a 17-year-old-boy had become the second victim in Kedah to die from leptospirosis.

Symptoms of leptospirosis, which is present in rat urine, can range from flu-like illness to meningitis, kidney failure, jaundice and bleeding in the lungs.

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