Priscilla Leung warns of disease danger from rat menace

Local | 15 May 2019 6:58 pm

Lawmaker Priscilla Leung has urged the government to hire more pest-control experts to exterminate rats after three more people contracted a strain of hepatitis E, RTHK reports. 
The officials had said overnight yesterday that the cases were reported in Kowloon City, Southern District and Tuen Mun. One of the infected, who had liver problem, died at the Tuen Mun Hospital on May 4.
BPA lawmaker Leung, who represents Kowloon West constituency, said a group headed by her Kowloon West New Dynamic had surveyed more than 1,200 people earlier this month, and a third of them said they are not happy with the government's rodent-control efforts. 
She said the government index on rat infestation is flawed. "Otherwise there won't be so many middle class estates [that] have made huge complaints about the appearance of the rats problem. It does not only happen in the grass root level," she said.
Leung said construction work, like MTR projects, in her constituency had been a reason for increased rat infestation.
The lawmaker also told RTHK's Wendy Wong that government should be deploying rat catchers who have experience in actually doing the job rather than people who talk about theory based on studies based in Europe.

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