STRI warns of disease after floods

The Sports Turf Research Institute (STRI) has warned turf professionals about the risk of contracting Weil’s disease from contaminated flood water and silt.

Weil’s disease, or Leptospirosis, is a bacterial infection carried in the urine of animals including rats, dogs and livestock. It can be transmitted by swallowing contaminated water or handling food after coming into contact with the bacteria. The STRI says flooding increases risk and groundsmen should use protective clothing when clearing up after recent floods. See www.leptospirosis.org for information about the disease. * The STRI has also issued guidelines for flooded turf at www.stri.org.uk/pdf/advisory/guidelines forfloodedturf260707.pdf.

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