Rodent infestations and pathogens study on various premises in Ipoh Old Town / Saszeli Baharudin

Baharudin, Saszeli (2011) Rodent infestations and pathogens study on various premises in Ipoh Old Town / Saszeli Baharudin. [Student Project] (Unpublished)


From the beginning of human civilization, rodent not only known as a pest, but also as a one of contributor in public health problem. Rodent destroy and contaminate food, ruin the structures and spread diseases that threatening the health and life quality and it can also cause injury and death. Rodent was well known as a destroyer to the agricultural crops, warehouse storage and as a domestic pest. The study was conducted in Ipoh Old Town area in 5 various type of premises. The premises are school, office, residential, stalls and wet market. ln this study, rodent trap has been used to catch rodents for detailed ecto-parasites and microbiological study as well as species identification. The study design is cross-sectional study. Sampling data used is number of trapped rodents for rodent index, rodent species, flea index and microorganism result. A statistical analysis using SPSS version 17.0.The microbiological study found that there is several pathogens in the rodent samples sent for analysis,( N=36) from ( N=109 ). Even though the p > 0.05 for significance difference of Leptospiral in the rodent sent with 8.3% positive, but the appearance of pathogen of Leptospirosis itself, pose a health threat. Escherichia coli with 13.8%, Pasteruella spp 5.5%, Enterobacter spp 5.5% and the new encounter of Liver Abcess in 47ºA, rodents sent for isolation. All flea index are below 1 in all sampling stations. The highest Rodent Index is Wet Market and Kinta Height Flat , followed by Kinta Height , Stalls and MBI Old Office are moderate and the lowest is School. ln conclusion, there is the rodent infestations in certain sampling stations and also pathogenic pathogen has been isolated. Thus, action must be taken by the Ipoh City Council to control and minimize the health risks pose by the rodents.


Item Type: Student Project
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Baharudin, Saszeli
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Mohd Yatim, Siti Rohana
Subjects: Q Science > QL Zoology > Invertebrates > Arthropoda > Insects
Q Science > QL Zoology > Chordates. Vertebrates
Divisions: Universiti Teknologi MARA, Selangor > Puncak Alam Campus > Faculty of Health Sciences
Programme: Bachelor in Environmental Health and Safety
Keywords: pathogens, rodent index, flea index
Date: May 2011
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