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(Leptospirosis) 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 (Leptospirosis) 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.

For more information: NHS Guidence here

Last modified: May 2020