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Water quality and shellfish related gastrointestinal disease cases in Kota Bharu

Eh Rak, Aweng (2006) Water quality and shellfish related gastrointestinal disease cases in Kota Bharu. Masters thesis, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Faculty of Civil Engineering.

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Abstract

Shellfish or to be specific, the family of freshwater mussels and the species known as Corbicula fluminea or in the local dialect recognized as “etak� is one of the food peculiar to Kelantan. “Etak� is a filter feeder. Therefore, a lot of pollutants could be accumulated in the “etak’s� tissues including pathogenic bacteria which are mainly contributed by improperly treated sewage discharged into the river. Besides direct contamination from the habitats, C. fluminea may also be contaminated during preparation and sale. The objective of this study is to identify the correlation between water quality, shellfish tissue contaminations and the cases of gastrointestinal diseases in Kota Bharu as well as to study the stage of bacteria contamination in the shellfish preparation cycle and to compare the bacteria concentration in river bed and selling points of shellfish. The methodology in this study involves water quality sampling and shellfish sampling, with lab analysis being done by accredited lab and secondary data was obtained from Department of Health, Kota Bharu regarding the cases of gastrointestinal diseases in Kota Bharu. There are two stages of shellfish sampling, the first stage is raw “etak� from the river bed and the second stage is process “etak�. Three sampling stations were chosen. Shellfish tissues were analyzed by bacteriology lab of Fisheries Research Institute located in Batu Maung, Penang and water quality analysis was performed by accredited laboratory. During the study, bacterial contamination in raw C. fluminea or “etak� was found to be high and exceeded the standard especially for Escherichia coli and Fecal coliform. Raw C. fluminea was found to be unsafe for consumption. Bacterial contamination in processed C. fluminea or “etak� was also found to be high but lesser in concentration as compared to raw one. Bacteria contamination occurred mainly in the river bed although contamination during the selling process is also possible. High concentrations of bacteria in the river result in high concentrations of bacteria in “etak� tissues and these could possibly lead to high gastrointestinal diseases in Kelantan, particularly in Kota Bharu.

Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Additional Information:Master of Engineering (Civil-Environmental Management) - Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, 2006; Supervisor I : Associate Professor Dr. Maketab Mohamed; Supervisor II : Professor Dr. Mohd Razman Salim
Uncontrolled Keywords:Water quality; river water quality; shellfish; freshwater mussels; pathogenic bacteria; gastrointestinal diseases
Subjects:T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
Divisions:Civil Engineering
ID Code:3877
Deposited By: Ms Zalinda Shuratman
Deposited On:20 Jul 2007 09:15
Last Modified:03 Jul 2012 01:56

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