Weil’s Disease (Leptospirosis) is a bacterial infection carried in rat’s 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.
DON’T LET IT HAPPEN TO YOU
There are a number of sensible precautions you can take.
- Cover any cuts, sores or scratches with waterproof plasters or gloves.
- Disinfect any wounds that occur at the waterside.
- Wash your hands or cover food with a wrapper before you eat.
- Do not put your hand 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.
- Do not leave food, ground bait or bait on the bank side.
EA Pollution – 0800 807 060
Police Headquarters – 101
Crimestoppers – 0800 555 111
AVBC Dog Fouling – 01773 570 222
Dog Warden – 01773 841 565
RSPCA – 0300 1234 999
PROCEDURE FOR REPORTING FISH THEFT INCIDENTS AND ILLEGAL FISHING ACTIVITIES
- Contact your Club Bailiff or Club Official.
- If safe to so do take photographs of any evidence you may find.Warning signs of fish theft activity are
- Dead and discarded fish.
- Fish with missing gill covers and fins.
- Fish scales scattered around the bank and margins.
- Nets, stakes or posts set in the banks and margins.
- Set dead lines, multi-hook rigs, bobbins with hooks, bank side fire pits.
- Suspicious vehicles – note the registration number(s).If you should encounter individuals or groups engaged in stealing fish and illegal fishing – DO NOT attempt to confront them –
consider your personal safety at all times, leave the fishery immediately if you feel unsafe.
If you have been threatened or intimidated in any way contact the POLICE on 0345 1233333.
For convenience we advise you to store the following details on your mobile.
Police – 0345 1233333
Environment Agency Hotline – 0800 807060