River clean-up divers fall ill

Possible Weil’s Disease affects well-intentioned amateur volunteers

Author: Pat
3rd February 2012
 

Some volunteers who cleared rubbish in sub-aqua gear from the river Avon earlier this month have fallen ill.

In all, five members of Calne Divers in Wiltshire have reported feeling nauseous since their rubbish-purging stint on December 4th.

The charitable bunch removed twenty bicycles and more than forty shopping trolleys from the river bed.

They even retrieved a 1980s-style bus stop found buried in the mud. So job done, then.

Sadly, some of the group have since succumbed to sickness and nausea.

Calne Divers club member Jon Dodsworth said they may be suffering from Weil’s disease.

This particularly unpleasant bacterium is often linked with rat urine, and can quickly work its way into slow-moving rivers and other stagnant waterways.

 
 
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