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Posted: 18/10/2019

Marine Notice 116 of 2019 - Royal Canal - HSE notification of Leptospirosis

Notice Number 116 of 2019

MARINE NOTICE
No 116 of 2019

Royal Canal

HSE notification of Leptospirosis

Waterways Ireland wishes to advise users of the Royal Canal that there have been a number of cases of Leptospirosis reported recently to the HSE after exposure to the water in the Royal Canal in north Dublin.

Water activity facilities:
The HSE requests facilities to ensure to the best of their ability that clients do not engage in swimming, diving or immersive activity such as deliberate capsizing in the Royal Canal in North Dublin, pending any further advisory. Please advise clients of the risk, which is small but real, of acquiring leptospirosis from water based activity in stagnant areas. People with symptoms (a flu like illness) should seek medical attention immediately mentioning any water exposure.

Individual users:
The HSE advises people not to engage in swimming, diving or immersive activity such as deliberate capsizing in the Royal Canal in North Dublin, pending any further advisory. There is a small risk of acquiring leptospirosis from water based activity in stagnant areas. If you have symptoms (a flu like illness), you should seek medical attention immediately mentioning any water exposure.

Further information/enquiries  https://www.hse.ie/eng/health/az/l/leptospirosis/  or to corporate@waterwaysireland.org Waterways Ireland Communications Office 071-9650787.

Waterways Ireland wishes to thank its customers for their co-operation.


Patrick Harkin
Inspector of Navigation
18 October 2019

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