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   Old Thread  #76 23 Apr 2007 at 2.54pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Cheers ken the pharmacist has just ordered me a bottle..
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   Old Thread  #70 23 Apr 2007 at 2.19pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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hi guys if anybody has trouble obtaining any suitable gels or liquids to use whilst fishing pm me,i can obtain a number of different hand rubs which are ideal for this purpose.i personally use a small spray which comes with a clip that is ideal to hang from the bivvy door you soon get use to using it, as do most people who come to my swim!
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   Old Thread  #69 23 Apr 2007 at 1.43pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Ooooops...DP

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   Old Thread  #68 23 Apr 2007 at 1.43pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Contact details:

Schülke & Mayr UK Ltd.,
Cygnet House,
1 Jenkin Road,
Meadowhall,
Sheffield, S9 1AT.

Tel +44 (0) 114 254 3500
Fax +44 (0) 114 254 3501

mail.uk@schulke-mayr.com

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   Old Thread  #66 23 Apr 2007 at 1.34pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Almost certainly
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   Old Thread  #65 23 Apr 2007 at 1.24pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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My missus works in a pharmacy will she be able to order it?????????
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   Old Thread  #64 23 Apr 2007 at 1.21pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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The commercially available gels are OK but if you know anyone in the medical profession this is the stuff you want. You may even be able to persuade your GP to get a few bottles for you if you tell him that you are at risk of catching Weil's when you are fishing.

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   Old Thread  #62 22 Apr 2007 at 5.01pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
i carry a bottle of hand gel (simalar to the stuff outside hospital wards) 'cos you can never be to carefull. ive lost count how many times ive seen somone catch a fish, release it, wash their hands in the lake and carry on making a cup of tea. this stuff only cost me about £3 from Tesco. well worh the money
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   Old Thread  #61 21 Apr 2007 at 10.12pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Because of my work being in and around water i'm required to have a vaccination. Will check if it covers Weils disease. Pretty sure it does. Will find out as soon as back at work.

Right then, checked with work and I was wrong the vaccination does not cover weils disease. Sorry i should of checked before.
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   Old Thread  #60 21 Apr 2007 at 9.12pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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As far as I am aware there is no human vaccine.
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   Old Thread  #59 21 Apr 2007 at 8.59pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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The most positive solution to avoid getting weils disease is to get a vaccination from your local GP. As far as i'm aware it'll cost a couple of pennies but it's better than possibly kicking the bucket!
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   Old Thread  #58 21 Apr 2007 at 10.01am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Ken,excellent thread
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   Old Thread  #57 21 Apr 2007 at 9.20am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I heard that the disease is only in the water for about 30 seconds after a rat has urinated. Is this true?


No, it's NOT true. The bacteria can last indefinitely in wet or damp conditions. It is only destroyed by being dried out by direct sunlight

Don't forget, it can last on wet slings, sacks and nets too so don't think you are safe just because you are not by the lakeside
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   Old Thread  #56 21 Apr 2007 at 8.18am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Cheers for the alert on this disease Ken and glad to hear you've fully recovered. Just thought I'd give you guys a medical discription from a link I found on google. Hope it helps.

'' Weil's disease is an infection that humans can catch from rats. Rats carry and excrete an organism called Leptospira ictero-haemorrhagiae in their urine. Between 50 and 60% of all rats carry this organism. If humans are infected with this organism, it can make them very ill and even result in death. As many as 10% of all cases of human infection have resulted in death.

Previously, Weil's disease only infected people such as sewage or abattoir workers, although there have also been incidents of farm workers and miners contracting the disease. New research shows that people who perform water activities, such as cavers and potholers, are also at risk. Rats commonly live near water and other areas where they can find food, such as farms, stables and riverbanks. The organism that causes Weil's disease in humans cannot live for very long in dry conditions, but it can survive for some length in wet or damp areas. Salt water will kill off the organism.

The organism that causes Weil's disease enters the body through cuts, blisters or abrasions in the skin. It can also enter via the lining of the nose or through the throat or alimentary tract. Weil's disease begins with a fever, followed by muscular aches and pains. Loss of appetite and vomiting follow. The incubation period for Weil's disease is 7 to 13 days.

The sufferer may experience bruising of the skin, nose bleeds, sore eyes and jaundice. The fever lasts about a week and is usually followed by significant deterioration. The symptoms of Weil's disease can easily be mistaken for flu. If the sufferer has a clean occupation, the possibility of Weil's disease may be overlooked in the early stages, but a blood test will confirm the diagnosis of Weil’s disease. Treatment for Weil's disease is usually a penicillin antibiotic.

Weil's disease is curable if detected in time. Many doctors in urban areas many not be familiar with the disease. If you have any reason to suspect that you have been infected, you should alert your doctor as soon as possible. ''

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   Old Thread  #55 20 Apr 2007 at 10.40pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
I heard that the disease is only in the water for about 30 seconds after a rat has urinated. Is this true?
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