Weil’s Disease & Water-to-Go

What is Weil’s Disease?

Weil’s disease is a rare form of a bacterial infection caused by Leptospira bacteria and also known as Leptospirosis, Weil's syndrome, Canicola Fever, Canefield Fever, Nanukayami Fever, 7-day Fever, Rat Catcher's Yellows, Fort Bragg Fever, Black Jaundice, and Pretibial fever. The disease is one of the world’s most common diseases transmitted by animals to man, most commonly by rats and cattle.

Weil’s Disease is transmitted from animals to humans through broken skin with water which contains an infected animal’s urine. The urine carries the bacteria which then survive in the water till they find their next victim. It can and often is transmitted by river water.

Weil’s Disease Symptoms

The initial symptoms include fever, severe headache, sore muscles, chills, vomiting, and red eyes. Increased symptoms of meningitis are often seen with neck stiffness and vomiting, but in most mild cases the patient will not suffer kidney or liver failure and will eventually recover.

Recent statistics show that although Weil's disease is very rare, one infected person in nineteen is likely to die as a result of infection. Doctors may not recognise the symptoms as Weil’s disease as it is rare, but more likely as a viral infection of another/unknown cause. People with Weil’s disease may need to be admitted to a hospital for extra care while their underlying infection is treated with antibiotics.

How Water-to-Go prevents Weil’s Disease

The Leptospira bacteria are generally about 6-20 μm long. The Water-to-Go filter system has an effective pore size of less than 0.7 μm together with a hydrostatic charge that stops the bacteria getting to the user.