Thursday, June 9, 2011

Rat menace a threat to Sabah tourism

  Mohd Shubhi       Thursday, June 9, 2011
KOTA KINABALU: The multiplying population of rats in the city will pose a threat to the tourism industry, the state's main income earner.
The ciy's mayor, Datuk Abidin Madingkir, said the presence of the vermin might give an impression of a community that did not care for cleanliness or was ignorant of diseases spread by rats.
"The average number of rats caught by City Hall every month at the central market is 160 compared to 80 a month last year. This rat control campaign is a continuity of previous and ongoing programmes by DBKK (Kota Kinabalu City Hall), albeit more intensively and aggresively," he said, while launching the Rat Control Campaign here Thursday.
He viewed the situation as worryng in regard to facts that rats were linked to leptospirosis and carry 230 thousand salmonella germs in their droppings, which can cause food poisoning and bubonic plague, Aujesky's Classical Swine Fever and rat bite fever.
According to him, the campaign themed, "No food leftovers, no rat" was targeted at food and drinks operators, hawkers, shopping centre management corporations, as well as departments, and government and private agencies.
Abidin said DBKK was preparing to introduce a food-leftover isolation system and a pilot project for its rat control programme. - Bernama

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