HULU TERENGGANU, Nov 15 (Bernama) - River water is believed to be the source
of hepaptitis A outbreak that has infected 800 people in three villages in Hulu
This followed cost saving measures by Kampung Basung, Kampung Pasir Dula and
Padang Setebu villagers who have been using Sungai Kecur as their water source
They only pay RM24 annually for maintenance of drainage and the watershed
area managed by village security development committees (JKKK) compared to RM30
monthly charged by Syarikat Air Terengganu Sdn Bhd (Satu).
Kampung Basung JKKK chairman Mamat Mat Amin said the initiative taken by the
villagers was to cut costs because most of them are farmers.
"We have to use the river water to reduce costs but stalllholders are spared
as they use clean water supplied by Satu," he told reporters here today.
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However, Mamat said that people in the three villages have never been hit by
hepatitis A outbreak.
Kampung Basung, Kampung Pasir Dula and Padang Setebu were declared hepatitis
A infected area after 42 people were admitted to Hulu Terengganu Hospital.
State Health, Unity and Consumer Affairs Committee Chairman Dr A Rahman
Mokhtar yesterday said they were not quarantined and thus accessible to anyone.
Of the 42 people infected, 27 were from Kampung Basung, 14 from Kampung
Pasir Dula and 1 from Kampung Padang Setebu.
However, nine people were discharged from hospital today while 33 were
A check by Bernama found that the state health department has put chlorine
in the water source to disinfect the virus.
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