Danger from waterborne diseases
Members should be aware that there is a small risk of contracting Weil’s Disease (Leptospirosis) and other disorders because of micro-organisms in the river. The risk is higher in the summer months when the river flow is reduced.
Recommended precautions are:
- Minimise contact with the water
- Cuts and abrasions should be covered with waterproof dressings
- Shower after contact with water
- Wash hands thoroughly before eating and drinking
If ‘flu like symptoms develop shortly after contact with the water (1-3 weeks) then your doctor should be contacted and advised of the circumstances of exposure.