JE-HEALTH/BM NO VILLAGERS IN KAMPUNG SELAMAT, BAGAN JERMAL HAVE JE SYMPTOMS
July 5 19:34
TASEK GELUGOR,Health examination on villagers in Kampung Selamat here and Bagan Jermal in Butterworth by Penang Health Department found no residents with Japanese encephalitis (JE) symptoms. State Health director, Datuk Dr Lailanor Ibrahim said, however, the department would continue to take control measures and active detection in the
two areas to prevent the spread of the virus. "Since the virus was detected last week, our teams have been conducting health examinations on villagers as we fear there maybe infection. "But as at today, no one has been found with JE symptoms and I am advising the people with symptoms such as prolonged fever, cramp, nausea and headache to seek treatment immediately," he said when contacted by Bernama here today. He said the department would work closely with the Veterinary Services Department and the Seberang Perai Municipality Council (MPSP) to monitor and take preventive measures such as fogging, health talks, taking blood samples of pigs as well as inspection of pig farms.
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On Wednesday, Norain Nasuha Shukri, aged two years and five months was confirmed contracting JE after a blood test on June 24 turned up positive. The case was the second after a pupil of Sekolah Kebangsaan Kampung Selamat, Tasek Gelugor near here, Muhammad Ammar Muqnish, 12, was confirmed infected with the virus and was now being treated at a private hospital in Bayan Lepas, near here. Meanwhile a state Veterinary department spokesman said the department would continue to investigate the disease and collect blood samples from other livestocks in Kampung Selamat soon. "Earlier we collected 181 blood samples from 20 pig farms and the results were negative, so the department will gather blood samples from another 69 pig farms in the area," he said. A survey by Bernama in Kampung Selamat revealed the residents wanted the pig farms which have been operating for more than 20 years to relocate to another
area far from any settlements.
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A resident, Musyirah Mustafa, 32, said the time had come for the state government to take a serious view of the matter and prepare a plan to move the pig farms to a more suitable place, away from any villages. "We have been putting up with problem of odour pollution as a result of discharging pig waste into the waterways by breeders.
"So I am calling for better farming methods to save our environment and for the safety of residents," she said.