DIS­EASE FES­TER­ING?

New Straits Times - - News -

AMBALAM (not her real name) fears lep­tospiro­sis might be thriv­ing in Ta­man Kok Lian, Jalan Ipoh, in Kuala Lumpur.

She said res­i­dents, par­tic­u­larly along Jalan Batu Batan, claimed the rat pop­u­la­tion was grow­ing.

“There seems to be a colony of rats thriv­ing in the rub­bish dump in the back lane, near a row of shop­houses.

“The pres­ence of rats is also ev­i­dent in the many food­stalls in front of the shop­houses along Jalan Am­bar.

“The car­casses of rot­ting rats run over by ve­hi­cles are a com­mon sight, and they emit quite a stench,” she added.

She said City Hall did man­age to rid the neigh­bour­hood at Batu 5, Jalan Ipoh of rats and felt its ex­per­tise was needed again.

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Kuala Lumpur City Hall Health and En­vi­ron­ment Depart­ment di­rec­tor Dr Hay­ati Ab­dul­lah said its pest con­trol unit had used poi­son to con­trol the rat pop­u­la­tion on Feb 1.

She said 6kg of rat poi­son called Tiku­min 1000 was put in the lanes, bur­rows and rat holes in the area.

“The fol­low-up to the visit was done two days later, on Feb 3, where the car­casses of 32 rats were col­lected and de­stroyed.

“Rat con­trol op­er­a­tions will be done ev­ery two months,” she added.

PIC­TURE BY MOHD YUSNI ARIF­FIN

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