Pantai Hill Dengue Alert

Dengue - Aedes mosquito

Dengue – Aedes Mosquito

In Malaysia, most people are aware of the Aedes mosquito spreading dengue. It is worth a mention because this (mainly) urban disease has reared its ugly head here – on Pantai Hill Orchard, Seremban

In 2014 and 2015 two families living on different parts of Pantai Hill contracted dengue. Although there were no deaths, we are very concerned with its presence here and would like to alert visitors to Pantai Hill of this problem.

We associate the presence of dengue to the proliferation of trash and indiscriminate dumping of building materials from visitors, workers and increased construction activities on Pantai Hill. This behaviour by Pantai Hill contractors and workers needs to be urgently addressed, before more dengue cases happen on the hill.

The Star newspaper recently published an article on dengue by Dr. Milton Lum – here are its salient points:

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), dengue is the fastest spreading mosquito-bourne viral disease in the world. Its spread has been alarming with an increase from nine affected countries in 1970 to more than 100 countries today.

A study by Brady et al in 2012 estimated that 3.9 billion people in 128 countries are at risk of infection. The surge in dengue has been most marked in Asia which accounts for 75% of the world’s population, with an estimated 1.8 billion people at risk of dengue.

Rapid urbanisation has resulted in millions of people moving to the cities,with insuficient housing and basic infrastructure such as water supply, sewer and waste management, providing ideal conditionsfor the breeding of mosquitoes and dengue transmission.

The description below is highly correlated to what is happening on Pantai Hill.

Negative habits like littering, illegal dumping of garbage, apathy, poor environmental cleanliness and lack of adherence to guidelines in construction sites have to be addressed.

info-graphic on dengue

info-graphic on dengue

Message to Pantai Hill Resort operators

Hello Pantai Hill Orchard resort operators: Awanmulan, The Shorea and Cabinz Cottage.

We realise that this website may be damaging to your business. We also realise that not all resorts behave in a similar fashion. Our intentions are clearly spelled out in the <<‘Resort Section of this website’>>. Please do review it again.

The articles that we post here are – to our very best knowledge and intention – the truth. Potential visitors to Pantai Hill may be alerted of things and issues that they may be unaware of. It may help them make decisions, it may illuminate the ‘Politics’ happening on the hill, it may eventually assist them in forming personal opinions of Pantai Hill and its band of resort operators. (No one should act as they like and get away with it)

This is what the internet and crowd sourcing is all about… Isn’t it? – To inform and allow people to make better decisions and spread the knowledge to friends and family. Inevitably this information also exposes unscrupulous individuals and entities who take advantage of society at large for personal gains. We at pantaihillwatch.org are not interested in ‘catching’ or ‘bad mouthing’ anyone. We are only interested in preserving Pantai Hill’s environment and the rights of its residents to have a peaceful enjoyment of their own homes.

Is this request so unreasonable to ask???
To some resorts, the answer is Yes – if this request impedes and restricts the potential of resort operators to continue operating in its current configuration and if its expansion plans are challenged.

We respect the universal law concerning the ‘freedom of individual choice’.  As such, we do not threaten, we do not beg and we do not put anyone under duress. We leave it to the ‘UNIVERSE’ with the aid of truthful reporting.

This website does not need to be filled with demoralising pictures of rubbish and trash, of discontent and dispute and of irresponsible behaviour. It can be positive, clean and beautiful. It can be about the ‘privileged people on the hill’ helping the less fortunate below. It can be filled with stories of cooperation, collaboration, of social giving and of non-competition. It can even help promote responsible and sustainable tourism.

Once again, we ask for your cooperation, to come and have a dialogue with us. To work things out, to work on the <<‘Community Agreement’>> that The Dusun first proposed and to make Pantai Hill a sustainable place for all.

As for potential and returning Pantai Hill visitors reading this post, we hope that this appeals to your conscience, and that you may urge your favourite resort operator to respect this request and to personally – make good decisions that are in-line with the serenity, tranquility and beauty that you love so much about Pantai Hill. <<Please take a look at our Visitor Guidelines>>

Dear resort operators, we live in an increasingly inter-connected world. One cannot possibly hope to continue on a path which benefits oneself at the expense of the people around you. The wrath of the ‘UNIVERSE’ may come back several fold. So as they say – the choice is yours 🙂

“Behaviour is the mirror in which everyone shows their image” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Introducing Kampung Baru Pantai – Local Leaders

This is part of our efforts to involve and engage local leaders of Kampung Pantai Baru. Both Mustafa and Mokhtar are active leaders who are ready to receive any feedback or complaints regarding social issues that arise. Mokhtar is always available at the local post-office stand (in Kampung Pantai Baru) from 8.30am onwards Monday to Sunday. (best time to catch him is early in the morning)

Left- MUSTAFA PENDEK - Village Head & Chairman, Right- Mokhtar Omar - Secretary for VIllage Development, Security & Social activities.

Left- MUSTAFA PENDEK – Kampung Baru Pantai Village Head & Chairman, Right- Mokhtar Omar – Secretary for Village Development, Security & Social activities.

Pantai Hill Orchard Resort and its residents fall under the jurisdiction of Kampung Baru Pantai, we would like to introduce these men to all residents on the hill and also to visitors of Pantai Hill.  As they say, a picture can say a thousand words…now you know who and where to meet them for anything of concern during your visits.

These men are elected by the state government and their posts lasts for 3 years before the next change. They head a committee of 15 local representatives who have meetings on development, security and social matters once a month. They have indicated that they will give full support in helping and liaising with the local Police concerning issues raised by Pantaihillwatch.org 

Leptospirosis Alert for Pantai Hill Visitors

Leptospirosis rat

This posting comes from a personal experience of leptospirosis in 2014 on Pantai Hill Orchard resort itself. Although i cannot identify or accurately pin where i contracted this disease from on Pantai Hill, i can however reduce its possibilities to a few places: 1. My pond, 2. The river just outside the gates of Pantai Hill 3. Area surrounding my own house in Pantai Hill.

After living here for a few years now, I realise that Pantai Hill is full of jungle rats. (and several species too) Although leptospirosis is not only a rat related disease, but can be carried by other animals too, i post this as a precautionary warning to all visitors of Pantai Hill Orchard. (Please remember that as more trash accumulates on Pantai Hill, due to unchecked and irresponsible behaviour of visitors and workers – it directly promotes a higher rat population on the hill)

Some links to the rising number of Leptospirosis cases in Malaysia:

Number of leptospirosis cases on the rise in the last 5 years
21 Aug 2010 … PETALING JAYA: The number of leptospirosis infections, a rat-borne disease, has been steadily increasing over the last five years. According …

Growing popluation reflected by spike in Leptospirosis cases
1 Jun 2013 … An 85.5% rise in cases of leptospirosis, commonly called the ‘rat urine … to be desired despite Malaysia having some of the best infrastructure.


 Nine Deaths from ‘rat urine disease’
from: The Borneo Post – Online

On precautionary measures, Dr Zulkifli advised members of the public to drink only boiled water and well-cooked food.

As for residents staying near river banks or those depending on rain water as their source of drinking water, they must ensure that the water is properly boiled to kill harmful micro-organisms, he further advised

He pointed out that a person could become infected with leptospirosis by wading in floodwaters contaminated with the urine of rats or other animals such as pigs, cows, dogs, or any wild animals infected by the leptospira bacteria.

“Henceforth, it is crucial to note that in times of flooding, parents must ensure that their children do not play near the drains or wade in floodwaters as they may be contaminated with animals’ urine such as rats,” he said.

Meanwhile, information obtained from the department’s website stated that humans become infected when exposed to water, food, or soil contaminated with urine of infected animals such as rats, cats, dogs, cows, goats, pigs, horses and wild animals.


The Malaysian Health Ministry published this paper in 2011:

View the pdf:<<GUIDELINES FOR THE DIAGNOSIS, MANAGEMENT, PREVENTION AND CONTROL OF LEPTOSPIROSIS IN MALAYSIA>>

Leptospirosis info-graphicBelow are some highlights of the paper:

Leptospirosis is usually a seasonal disease that starts at the onset of the rainy season and declines as the rainfall recedes. Sporadic cases may occur throughout the year with outbreaks associated with extreme changing weather events such as heavy rainfall and flooding

Leptospirosis is also known as “the Great Mimicker” and may be overlooked and underdiagnosed due to its varied clinical presentations.

 

FACTORS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE EMERGENCE OF LEPTOSPIROSIS
The conditions that are favourable for maintenance and transmission of Leptospirosis are:

a) Reservoir and carrier hosts Leptospirosis has a very wide range of natural rodent, and non-rodent reservoir hosts especially rats, cattle, dogs, foxes, rabbits, etc. The animals act as carriers of the leptospires and excrete large number of leptospires in their urine, thus responsible for the contamination of large and small water bodies as well as soil.

b) Flooding, drainage congestion Flooding and drainage congestion may be risk factors for contamination of water bodies with infected animal urine. Water logged areas may force rodent population to abandon their burrows and contaminate the stagnant water by their urine.

c) Animal-Human Interface The potential for infection increases through exposure from occupational or recreational activities without proper protection. Poor cleanliness/sanitation in recreational areas may attract animal host such as rodent thus increases the risk of contamination. These may be due to poor maintenance of facilities, improper disposal of waste and public attitude/ apathy.

d) Human host risk factors Several sections of the population are more susceptible to infection such as those not previously exposed to the bacteria in their environment (naïve immunities), and those with chronic disease and open skin wounds.

MODES OF TRANSMISSION
Infection is acquired from contact through skin, mucosa/ conjunctiva with water or soil contaminated with the urine of rodents, carrier or diseased animals in the environment. Ingestion of contaminated water may also cause infection. There is no documentation of human to human transmission.

HIGH RISK GROUPS
Exposure depends on chance contacts between human and infected animals or a contaminated environment through occupational and/or recreational activities. Some groups are at higher risk to contract the disease such as:
• Workers in the agricultural sectors • Sewerage workers • Livestock handlers • Pet shops workers • Military personnel • Search and rescue workers in high risk environment • Disaster relief workers (e.g. during floods) • People involved with outdoor/recreational activities such as water recreational activities, jungle trekking, etc. • Travelers who are not previously exposed to the bacteria in their environment especially those travelers and/or participants in jungle adventure trips or outdoor sport activities • People with chronic disease and open skin wounds.

Pantai Hill Orchard resort – Under Attack

Pantai Hill trash burnt increases toxicity in surrounding environment

Pantai Hill trash – fiberglass wool

We posted about this trash dump of toxic materials yesterday. We were then notified of burning and smoke. This is the result folks! We also asked around and Vijay and Prema have given us their views – that the toxic trash probably did not originate from inside the Pantai Hill gates, but from outside. Why are outside people bringing up trash here to dump when there is already a dumpsite at the bottom?
Pantai Hill trash burnt by outside people, increases toxicity in surrounding environment
Pantai Hill trash burnt increases toxicity in surrounding environment

Pantai Hill visitor and worker trash

Pantai Hill Orchard resort trash

These pictures are all taken at the entrance of the Pantai Hill gate. In the mornings, construction workers gather here before going up to the site. This is where resort workers come and open the gates for visitors and sometimes the workers and visitors do a ‘quick one’. We hope that all contractors inform their workers of this unacceptable behaviour. Resort operators and residents building or doing any renovation works also need to inform their contractor to keep a strict eye on the rubbish accumulated at the entrance gate.Pantai Hill Resort Gates