Kedah water park visit leaves family sick

ALOR SETAR - A factory technician's three daughters have been admitted to a private hospital in Sungai Petani after they fell sick following a visit to a water park in Bukit Merah, Perak.

Mat Nasir Abu Bakar, 38, said his daughters, aged three, six and 10, came down with diarrhoea and started to vomit after returning from the water park at about 11pm on Saturday.

"They were still sick the next day and I admitted them to the hospital, and they are still there for observation.

"My wife and I also fell sick but our symptoms were not as bad as our children's.

"The doctor told me that we probably caught a virus at the water park," he said yesterday.

His neighbour, Fakhrul Azuan Ismail, 37, who also visited the water park on the same day, said his wife started to purge and vomit shortly after they returned home.

"She sought treatment at a private clinic nearby and her condition has since improved.

"On Tuesday, my nine-year-old daughter also became sick with the same symptoms.

"I took her to a clinic when her condition failed to improve the next day," he said.

Fakhrul added that his daughter was now better but had to skip school yesterday to rest.

"I met a few of my friends at the water park and a few of them told me that their children also fell sick after the outing."

A spokesman from the park said the management was checking on the matter, adding that there was a huge crowd at the water park on Saturday because of the RM20 (S$6.60) promotion.

Kedah Health Department director Datuk Dr Norhizan Ismail said other than the three in Sungai Petani, another four children, aged between 11 months and 20 months, were warded at the Kulim Hospital.

"Our checks showed that they had caught the rotavirus, the most common cause of diarrhoeal disease among children.

"We are also working closely with our Perak counterpart on the matter," he said in a statement.