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Weil's Disease Information


We would like to bring to the attention of all participants of the event the dangers of water-borne diseases particularly Weil's Disease as follows:-

  1. Unlike tap water, the water in canals, rivers and reservoirs is untreated and micro-organisms are naturally present. However, although the risk of contracting illness (including the much publicised but rare condition Weil's Disease) is extremely small, sensible precautions should be taken as follows:

    * Avoid full immersion in the water

    * Cover all cuts and abrasions with waterproof dressings before contact with the water

    * Wash all exposed skin after contact with the water and before eating.

    * Do not put wet ropes, fishing lines or other objects in your mouth.

  2. Should any illness occur within 2 weeks of contact, you should seek medical advice and inform your doctor you have been in contact with untreated water.

Courtesy of British Waterways

British Canoe Union guidence here

Last modified: May 25, 2015