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Old July 7th, 2006, 03:12 PM   #1
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Rat Population Drops

Hong Kong's rat population drops, but rodent-related infections rise outside city
7 July 2006

HONG KONG (AP) - The rat population seems to be shrinking in Hong Kong's urban areas, but cases of rodent-related diseases are increasing outside the city, the government said Friday.

The number of people infected with scrub typhus -- a potentially fatal disease caused by mites that live on rodents -- grew to 30 last year from 13 in 2003 in rural areas, the government said.

There have been five confirmed and five suspected cases in 2006.

"We believe the number of scrub typhus cases may continue to increase this year. Citizens should take precautionary measures when they go hiking," said Dr. Ho Yuk-yin, a consultant with the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department.

Scrub typhus symptoms include fever and headache.

In urban areas, the number of rats seems to be declining, the government said.

Officials gauge the rat population by setting out food and noting how much has been taken away. Only 4.4 percent was taken away in 2005, far less than the 16 percent in 2000, a government study said.

"We are satisfied with our effort to eliminate rodents in urban areas, but the hazard lies in rural areas," Ho said.

The government did not give any figures for the rodent population in rural areas.
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FEHD releases Rodent Infestation Rate for 2011
Monday, February 6, 2012
Government Press Release

The Food and Environmental Hygiene Department (FEHD) announced today (February 6) that the Rodent Infestation Rate (RIR) for the second half of 2011 dropped to 1.5 per cent, compared with 1.8 per cent in the first half of the year.

The overall RIR for 2011 was 1.7 per cent, which was similar to that of 1.5 per cent last year, indicating that rodent infestation in public areas in the city was generally under control.

According to a territory-wide survey conducted by the FEHD, the RIRs fell below 10 per cent for all districts in 2011. The three districts with the highest RIRs were Sham Shui Po (3.2 per cent), Kwun Tong (3.1 per cent) and Yuen Long (3 per cent).

"Relatively higher RIRs in some districts were mainly caused by poor hygiene conditions at specific spots and rear lanes, including accumulation of disused articles, indiscriminate disposal of refuse and improper handling of food remnants, which provide shelter and food for rodents," a spokesman for the FEHD said.

"The FEHD has stepped up its anti-rodent efforts in the three districts with relatively higher RIRs and in the Southern District, where a relatively large increase in the RIR was recorded in the last six months of 2011. Those efforts include strengthening street cleansing, eliminating and trapping rats in rear lanes, filling rat holes, and carrying out public health education and publicity on rodent control," he added.

While the FEHD will continue its routine anti-rodent efforts in all districts, effective rodent prevention and control hinges on sustained co-operation between the community and the Government, the spokesman said.

To encourage active participation of the public in rodent control and prevention, the FEHD will also roll out a territory-wide anti-rodent campaign in two phases this year. The first phase was launched in late December last year and will run until February 24. The second phase will be launched on July 30 and will run until September 28.

During the campaign period, inspections and rodent control measures will be stepped up in target areas, which include markets, market buildings, hawker bazaars, typhoon shelters, lanes close to food premises, and other problematic spots and their peripheries.

In order to effectively promote pest control work on various fronts, the department will continue to organise territory-wide publicity and educational events, and work closely with District Councils in taking forward pest control campaigns and public education.

For more information on rodent control measures and the RIR, please visit the FEHD website at www.fehd.gov.hk.
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Government steps up cleaning work and anti-rodent operation in Hong Kong
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The Chief Secretary for Administration, Mr Matthew Cheung Kin-chung, today (May 17) said at a special meeting of the Pest Control Steering Committee of the Food and Health Bureau that in view of the three recent cases of human infection by rat Hepatitis E virus (HEV) in Hong Kong, the relevant government bureaux and departments should carry out anti-rodent work in areas under their purview to improve environmental hygiene and prevent rodent infestation.

Various government departments will jointly conduct territory-wide cleaning work in areas under their respective purview, particularly in target areas including rear lanes, housing estates, food premises and public markets.

Mr Cheung said, "The Government has all along been very concerned about rodent infestation in various districts. In collaboration with various districts, we will conduct a three-month cleaning campaign over the territory from May 20 to strengthen the prevention and control of rodent at hygiene black spots and focus areas.

"A co-operation mechanism on pest control has been put in place among various departments. I would like to reiterate the importance of collaboration among departments and their concerted efforts in improving environmental hygiene. The Government will continue to allocate resources with a view to improving the relevant work."

Apart from the anti-rodent operations in designated target areas conducted in nine public housing estates, the Housing Department will extend the operation to more public housing estates. The Home Affairs Department will enhance liaison with property management companies and different stakeholders, and carry out publicity at district level to raise public awareness of maintaining personal and environmental hygiene as well as proactively preventing rodent infestation in private places including households and housing estates. The Highways Department will also implement improvement work such as filling rat holes and improving road conditions at rear lanes where rodent problems are more serious.

More : https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/...9051700862.htm
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