Well as most of you know Thom and Doug managed to get ill before Christmas with suspected Weil’s disease. There happens to have now been five cases on the Itchen, so the BBC did a small piece about it for South Today 09/01/12 18:30. They both got interviewed, watch out for the amazing acting as they view the wonderful river bank. Also the shameful showing off on the weir notably Fresher George’s flat water looping.
Thom and Doug are both now fit and healthy back doing what we love, kayaking. We are still paddling every week during term time, in the pool and on the river. If you would like more information please get in touch here.
“Five infected by Weil’s Disease
Five cases of Leptospirosis – also known as Weil’s Disease – have been reported on the River Itchen in Southampton, close to a water activity centre.
The disease is a bacterial infection that spreads when urine, often from rats, enters the human body.
Two of the five people infected were hospitalised, though medical authorities have said most cases are relatively mild.” BBC link
We would like to remind everyone going in/on the water to cover any open cuts with a waterproof dressing/plaster, try not to drink river water, try to wash your hands with soap before eating, and make sure you wash after paddling. If you do start feeling ill and decide to visit the doctor please mention you have been in the river and mention Weil’s to the GP.
“An expert in leptospirosis has estimated that the risk of contracting a leptospirosis infection by taking part in these types of activities is as low as 1 in 10 million”
If you do want a bit more information then please see the NHS Direct website here.