Malaysian girl succumbs to rat urine disease

ALOR SETAR - An eight-year old girl died after she was believed to have contracted leptospirosis some two weeks after picnicking with her family at a waterfall in Yan, Kedah.

Amirah Maisarah Zir Omar Khan died at about 11.25pm on Friday evening at the Intensive Care Unit of the Sultanah Bahiyah Hospital.

Her body was buried at the Muslim cemetery at Bukit Pinang Mosque yesterday morning.

State Health Department Director Datuk Dr Norhizan said tests showed that Amirah could have died from the rat urine disease.

"Precautionary measures will be done to place warning signboards at waterfall or river recreation parks, including at Titi Hayun," he said.

"Officers from the district health department will be conducting a thorough investigation on the family members to make sure that they receive proper treatment," he added.