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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Malaysia : E.coli in Kenyir 'no threat to humans'

An article from New Straits Times :

" KUALA TERENGGANU: The public should not be alarmed by reports of Escherichia coli (E.coli) bacteria found in Tasik Kenyir as its presence does not necessarily pose increased risks to human.

Terengganu Health director Dr Nurdiyanah Hassan said the bacteria is commonly found in rivers and lakes. She said a certain level of E. coli in water is considered acceptable but declined to elaborate on what level is considered dangerous.

"I cannot comment much as the study quoted by newspapers on the presence of E.coli in Tasik Kenyir was not conducted by the Health Department," she said, adding that there had been no request to conduct such a study.

The New Straits Times reported yesterday that E.coli had been found in Tasik Kenyir and the state government will need to spend more than RM100,000 to provide toilets with proper septic tanks to nip the problem at the source.

State Tourism, Culture, Arts and Heritage committee chairman Datuk Abdul Rahin Mohd Said said the second edition of the Kenyir Cup Fishing Tournament, which started yesterday, will go on as planned as there was no threat to the participants."

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