A man says he’s caught a disease after swimming at Warleigh Weir in Somerset.
The weir, located in Claverton, just a couple of miles from the Wiltshire border, is popular with tourists and locals who fancy a dip during the warmer summer months.
But one man, Billy-Joe Humphries, claims to have contracted Weil’s disease, which the NHS says is caught from urine of infected animals – most commonly rats, mice, cows, pigs and dogs.
The NHS website states that you can catch it if “soil or freshwater (such as from a river, canal or lake) containing infected pee gets in your mouth, eyes or a cut – usually during activities like kayaking, outdoor swimming or fishing”.
Posting on Facebook, Mr Humphries warned the public about his experience.
Anyone with any concerns about their health following a swim at Warleigh Weir, or any other water attraction of a similar nature, should contact their doctor or call 111 for advice.
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