December 19, 2022

Leptospirosis?

Question:

I am going to Hawaii tomorrow and someone in a group just posted this:
“While the idea of swimming in a natural freshwater tropical pool may seem romantic and idyllic, the reality is that most streams in Hawaiʻi present a leptospirosis hazard.” thoughts please ??

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Terrain answer:

Sounds like a germaphobe. While ingesting any form of bacteria that is not bacteria created by our own system can lead to expulsion symptoms, its not something that I would be particularly concerned about. If you drink the water and there are high enough concentrations you might have a bit of an expulsion event, but as long as you were to fast right after no real harm would be done. The system would simply work as designed, expel the foreign matter and go on about its business.

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