Weil’s Disease (Leptospirosis) is a bacterial infection carried by rats urine which contaminates water and the banks of lakes, rivers and ponds. It is a serious disease in human beings that requires hospital treatment.
The early symptoms are similar to those of flu and normally start 3 to 19 days after exposure to contaminated water. Every year people die from this disease which is unnecessary because it is easily treated if diagnosed in time
How to prevent Weil's
* Cover any cuts, sores, or scratches with waterproof plasters or gloves.
* Disinfect any wounds that occur at the waterside.
* Wash your hands or use anti-bacterial wipe and/or cover food with a wrapper before you eat.
* Do not put your hands in your mouth after immersing in river water and never place bait or fishing line in your mouth.
* Do not touch dead animals, especially rats.
* If you develop flu like symptoms that persist tell your doctor that you may have been exposed to leptospirosis so that he/she can consider it in the diagnosis.
* Try not to attract rats by leaving dropping, ground bait or bait on the bank side.
* More useful Weil's info can be found on NHS web site.
Be Lucky & be safe..!!