Hi, I haven’t written a blog before, but whilst we were fishing a few weeks ago, an article John showed me struck a chord and I thought I would share it with you.
We all know how important it is to take care of the fish we catch, having a decent size unhooking mat and treating any wounds with the Korda Carp Care Kit , but it is also important to take care of ourselves and our dogs (if they are fishing companions).
The article was about Leptospirosis or Weils Disease which is carried by 15 – 30% of rats. The bacteria is excreted in the rats urine and can be passed onto humans and dogs when they come into contact with contaminated areas. In the case of fishing – lakes, rivers and canals.
To protect yourselves you should cover any cuts with waterproof plasters, don’t leave food and cooking utensils out or uncovered. If you do get symptons, which are fever, chills, headaches, muscle ache, vomiting or diarrhoea, you should contact a doctor immediately. Weils disease can be fatal if not treated early. Dogs can also be carriers and also contract the infection, so you need to make sure that they have been inoculated.
On a happier note, its been lovely and sunny, but don’t get sunburnt use your suncream and stay in the shade when possible.
Be safe and catch lots