Cambridge students told to stay out of river

June 28th, 2011 - 10:11 pm ICT by IANS  

London, June 28 (IANS) Students of Cambridge University have been warned to stay out of the Cam river after a couple of them were detected with a potentially fatal water-borne disease.

The Weil’s disease is spread by animal urine in water, and two students had to be taken to hospital after they showed symptoms of the disease, the Telegraph reported.

The bacterial disease - also called leptospirosis - is contracted when contaminated water comes into contact with eyes or broken skin.

University students traditionally jump into the river after celebrating the end of exams.

But nurses at the university reported a rise in the number of pupils complaining of vomiting and diarrhoea, leading to authorities warning students not to enter the water.

Mark Wormald, chairman of the university’s advisory group on communicable diseases, alerted students in an email.

Weil’s disease is rare in Britain with just 40 cases diagnosed annually. Still one or two people die every year of the disease.

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