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36th E.F.S. Sea Scout Group

All Saints Inmans Row Woodford Wells

Royal Navy Recognised Group 16

BOATING AT FAIRLOP


When:
Mon 27th Apr (6:45pm - 9:00pm)
Where:
Fairlop OAC
Description:
 

WEIL'S DISEASE AND CRYPTOSTORIDIUM

We always provide information about these diseases as a sensible precaution. For Weil’s disease, human infection occurs through exposure to water contaminated by infected animal urine or by direct or indirect contact with infected urine. In the UK, such exposure can include activities such as canoeing, windsurfing, swimming in lakes and rivers etc.

If caught this can result in a type of CHILL or an ATTACK OF 'FLU. IT CAN CAUSE SERIOUS ILLNESS. If symptoms occur after boating contact your G.P. quickly and ask for a test for Weil's disease (an ELISA blood test).

Cryptostoridium is a parasite recently found to be present in streams and rivers and can cause illness. The chances of catching either disease would seem slight particularly if the following precautions are taken:

* Wash or shower after boating activities.

* Cover minor scratches on exposed parts of the body with waterproof plaster.

* Do not drink any pond ...
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36th E.F.S. Sea Scout Group
All Saints Church, Inmans Row, Woodford Wells, Woodford Green, Essex, IG8 0NH
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