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.

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