IPOH: The management of the water theme park in Bukit Merah Laketown Resort has been urged to use a chlorinator, instead of manually applying the chemical, to better prevent rotavirus infections and acute gastroenteritis (AGE) cases.
Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the contact period of the chlorine with the water must comply with the prescribed standard to effectively prevent infection.
He said the state health department made the suggestion during an inspection of the recreation centre, following the outbreak of 46 rotavirus and AGE cases across three states.
Dr Noor Hisham said the management was also advised to appoint a qualified water quality officer and if not, the existing officer should be better trained.
The water theme park has been closed for 14 days for a clean up after the cases were detected.
In Kedah, seven more people are believed to have contracted rotavirus, bringing the number of reported cases to 24 since Sept 28.
State health director Datuk Dr Norhizan Ismail said the latest victims were between 10 months and 29 years old.
“Thirteen of the patients tested positive for rotavirus, five are still awaiting test results while six have yet to be tested,” he said in a statement yesterday.
In George Town, state health director Datuk Dr M. Sukumar confirmed six cases of rotavirus, with three children admitted to Bukit Mertajam Hospital, two to Balik Pulau Hospital and another in a private hospital.
“Five are female and one male, between one and eight years old,” he said in a statement.
Rotavirus is the most common cause of infectious diarrhoea, especially among infants and young children, in which case the infection can cause death.