His widow moved to dispel fears he had contacted Weil's disease
, which can be transmitted through water containing the urine of rats or other wild animals.
But his widow, Rowena, says blood tests had since been analysed and Weil's disease
had been ruled out.
is carried in rats' urine which contaminates water and banks of lakes, ponds and rivers.
Also in August 2000, backpacker Rob Plaster, aged 35, from Bristol, died after contracting Weil's disease
in the country.
The rats carry illnesses which can be passed to humans, including Weil's disease
A post mortem confirmed the cause of death as leptospirosis, or Weil's disease
- a bacterial infection found in the urine of wild animals, including rats.
It's one thing to be deprived of sleep and it's another to be alongside rats, which don't just carry Weil's disease
, they also carry bubonic plague.
But, Weil's Disease
or leptospirosis, transmitted by water that has been infected with rat's urine, is fairly rare.
It is believed he may have contracted Weil's disease
from contaminated water on the flooded site.
Residents say the watercress is being gathered in unsanitary conditions and fear anyone eating it could contract Weil's disease
- a potentially fatal illness carried in rats' urine.
Environmental health concluded there was "imminent risk" of salmonella, typhoid and Weil's disease
, and ordered the Silver Swan be closed immediately.
Because he was struck down five weeks ago by the little-known Weil's Disease
, which left him on the brink of death.