RESIDENTS-FLEA/BM RESIDENTS OF TAMAN LALULINTAS CLAIM BEING "ATTACKED" BY CAT FLEAS
July 6 15:27
GEORGE TOWN,Residents of Taman Lalulintas and visitors to the area's recreation park, here, claim being "attacked' by cat fleas, causing extreme itchiness to their skin, with the fleas believed to come from the park. Taman Lalulintas development and security committee chairman, Ong Lin Teong said they had received over 100 complaints from the surrounding residents and visitors to the recreation park on the matter since June 25."The flea bite will cause swelling to the spot which becomes reddish and itchy and sometimes, leaving scars," he told reporters, here, today. He said the cat fleas were believed to feed on animal carcass, like what happened to the carcass of a puppy found recently, and then flying off and sticking to people's clothes, especially socks. "It is puzzling that this is happening as our area does not have many stray dogs and cats," he added.
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A victim, Wong Yuee Harng, 26, said the flea bites would take more than a week to heal and he had applied itch cream to his hands and other affected parts of his body. "I don't live here but I visited the recreation park two weeks ago. The flea bites were so bothersome as I had to keep scratching due to the itchiness," he said. Tanjong MP Ng Wei Aik said the Landscape Department of the Penang Island Municipal Council and Health Department had carried out fogging last Wednesday and Friday respectively and this would continue until the problem was solved. Ng advised the public not to visit the recreation park for the time being, but said so far there was no directive to close the park to the public as the situation was still under control.