Re: Have not been well
Originally Posted by Muddy
Why would white water rafting water be contaminated?
Because many rivers are contaminated
There are serious risks of water activities from contracting infections from water born viruses. A common one is Weil's Disease as mentioned here:
"Weils Disease (Leptospirosis)
All water users should be aware of this potentially fatal infection.
This is a bacterial infection normally believed to be spread by rat urine, though can also be transmitted by cat, fox and rabbit urine. Transmission is usually through an open wound or abrasion but can also be coursed by ingestion of contaminated water.
Symptoms are lethargy, diarrhoea, headaches, vomiting and muscle pain; sometimes referred to as flu like symptoms, if untreated can be fatal. "
Then there's this report:
Family sues Whitewater Center in brain-eating amoeba death
"Seitz, 18, died of a rare brain infection caused by a single-celled animal, the amoeba Naegleria fowleri, days after visiting the center on June 8, 2016, with a church group. She was in a raft that overturned. The amoeba can infect a person when water goes up the nose and infections are rare, but almost always fatal."
also read this:
Record number of people are being treated for a deadly infection spread by RATS: Disease causes organ failure and is now at unprecedented levels
"A deadly infection spread by rats has reached record levels in the number of hospital appointments taken up by people suffering from the illness.
Hospital sessions for people suffering from Weil's disease, which is spread by rats' urine, are three times the level three years ago and are now at unprecedented levels.
The illness, which can be difficult to diagnose without sophisticated tests, attacks the kidneys and liver, and claims the life of around one or two people every year.
Weil's disease bacteria can enter the body through cuts and scratches and are found in contaminated water in ponds and slow-flowing rivers. "
"One expert claims the rise in cases could be partly due to more people doing adventure activities and water sports
"British Olympic rowing champion Andy Holmes, 51, died of the infection in 2010.
It is believed he contracted the illness after racing on a waterway in Lincolnshire, where the bacteria could have entered his body through blisters on his hands."