Health D-G: 70 acute gastroenteritis cases linked to Bukit Merah

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  • Wednesday, 05 Oct 2016

PETALING JAYA: There have been 70 acute gastroenteritis (AGE) cases linked to a resort in Bukit Merah in Perak, said Health Ministry director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

"There are 26 cases in Kedah, 30 cases in Perak and 14 cases in Penang. Out of the cases, 30 cases have tested positive for rotavirus - six in Perak, 16 in Kedah and eight in Penang. All are reported to be in a stable condition and no fatalities have been recorded. At this point, 14 cases are still being treated in government and private hospitals," he said.

He added that out of seven sites sampled on Sept 28, only three had sufficient levels of chlorine.

"Only three locations had sufficient chlorine, in amounts exceeding 0.5ppm. Under the Kuala Lumpur City Hall guidelines, public pools should have 0.5ppm to 1.5ppm of chlorine. Rotavirus was not detected in water samples taken on Sept 29 and 30 at seven locations at the resort," said Dr Noor Hisham.

He added that the Perak Health Department would continue to monitor the situation and ensure that the draining, cleaning, flushing and backwash work carried out at the resort's pools were done properly.

"The pools will remain closed until the Department is satisfied that the health of the public is not threatened," he said.

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