WEIL’S DISEASE – DON’T LET IT
HAPPEN TO YOU !
WEIL’S DISEASE is a bacterial
infection carried in rat’s urine which
contaminates water and the banks of lakes,
rivers, canals and ponds. It is a serious
disease in human beings that requires hospital
The early symptoms are
similar to those of flu and normally start three
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.
There are a number of
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 (in clean
water) of cover food with a wrapper before you
Do not put your hand(s) in
your mouth after immersing in fishery water
and never place bait of fishing line in your
Do not touch dead animals,
If you develop flu-like
symptoms that persist, tell your doctor that you
may have been exposed to Leptospirosis so that
he or she can consider it in the diagnosis.
Do not leave food, groundbait
or bait on the bankside which will attract rats.
OUT ! – LOOK UP !
ADVICE ON SAFE FISHING NEAR OVERHEAD ELECTRIC
Several people have died and others have been
seriously injured whilst using carbon fibre rod
and poles near overhead power lines. The
following advice is designed to prevent these
Because rods and poles containing carbon fibre
conduct electricity, they are particularly
dangerous when used near overhead electric
power lines. Remember that electricity can
jump gaps and a rod does not even have to
touch an electric line to cause a lethal
current to flow.
Many overhead electric power lines are
supported by wood poles which could be
mistaken for telegraph poles. These overhead
lines may carry electricity up to 132,000
The height of high voltage overhead power
lines can be as low as 17ft and they are
therefore within easy reach of carbon fibre
rod or pole. Remember that overhead lines may
not be readily visible from the ground. They
may be concealed by hedges or by a dark
background. Make sure you “look out” and “look
up” to check for overhead lines before fishing
In general, the minimum safe fishing distance
from an overhead electric power line is two
rod/pole lengths from the overhead line
(measured along the ground).
When pegging out for matches or competitions,
organisers and competitors should, in general,
ensure that no peg is nearer to an overhead
electric power line than 30 metres (measured
along the ground).
For further advice on safe fishing at
specific locations please contact your local
Finally, remember that is dangerous for any
object to get too close to overhead electric
power lines, particularly if they object is an
electrical conductor, eg a lead cored fishing
line or damp fishing line or rod.
Published by the Electricity Council in
consultation with Electricity Boards, Angling
Trade Association, National Federation of
Anglers, Water Authorities Associations and
British Waterways Board.