/ SPA sample paper

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maresia - on 14 Mar 2008
Brain picking please...

I'm having a look through the sample SPA paper as I've got my assessment coming up and can't find an answer to the question

"Name a microbe that could be a hazard to rock climbers."

I'm probably being thick but help would be appreciated.

Cheers

mike kann - on 14 Mar 2008
In reply to maresia: Would Chiggers count? They're pretty bloomin small and they definately harmed me...
nastyned - on 14 Mar 2008
In reply to maresia: E.coli or Salmonella from faecal contamination.
blueshound - on 14 Mar 2008
In reply to maresia:

Surely ANY microbe hazardous to "normal" folk would be hazardous to rock climbers too? Take your pick...
maresia - on 14 Mar 2008
In reply to blueshound:

Good point - but I'm guessing there is probably one more specifically associated with climbing.
maresia - on 14 Mar 2008
In reply to mike kann:

I take it you had plenty of fun in Scotland then!
mike swann - on 14 Mar 2008
In reply to maresia: Seems a bit of an odd question. Is there a bug that climbers are more likely to be exposed to that the rest of the population?

I suppose Lymes disease is a possibility, caused by Borrelia burghdor feri and transmitted by tick bites.
mike kann - on 14 Mar 2008
In reply to maresia: No, that was in Swanage. They are evil. I would gladly give a large portion of my non-existant fortune to the permanent and complete destruction. Look em up. They are hyper uber mega nasty.
maresia - on 14 Mar 2008
In reply to mike kann:

Eugh! Is there anywhere without horrible biting, itchy, stinging things!!!
JIB - on 14 Mar 2008
In reply to maresia: Antarctica?
KA_R36 on 14 Mar 2008
In reply to maresia:
would agree with Lyme disease. It is on the increase and have been some confirmed cases in the peak district (is mentioned in new BMC guidebooks)

heres a webpage from HPA
http://www.hpa.org.uk/hpa/news/articles/press_releases/2007/070321_lyme.htm
Jonathan - on 14 Mar 2008
In reply to maresia: giardia (sp?) from stream water?
dmhigg - on 14 Mar 2008
In reply to maresia: What's the one that you get from dog sh*te that can cause blindness in kids? Some walls will not let you climb with outdoor shoes on because of it.
trhp72 - on 14 Mar 2008
In reply to maresia:

god almighty. someone got paid to think that up.
Jonathan - on 14 Mar 2008
In reply to dmhigg: Toxocara
BOOGA - on 14 Mar 2008
In reply to maresia:
Leptospira interrogans


a spirochete bacteria.
live's in drinking water, which it gets into through animal urine.

causes leptospirosis.
disease has 2 stages.
First a high fever, headache and muscle ache.
Later meningitis, rash and jaundice.
If the second part gets very bad, it is called Weil's disease.

V easy to pick up any place rats dwell, quarries etc. Know a guy who contracted weils from biting his rope whilst trying to release a stubborn knot on a damp day. Rope had picked it up from rats urine on the rock.... dont know why they'd have that question on an SPA paper though...
sutty on 15 Mar 2008
In reply to maresia:

Look on here and see if you can find the one you can get while climbing;
http://www.immunisation.nhs.uk/Immunisation_Schedule
Andy Say - on 17 Mar 2008
In reply to maresia:
An incorrectly used 'Bug'?
G Graham - on 17 Mar 2008
In reply to maresia:
is it Clostridium tetani (Tetanus)?
Morgan Woods - on 17 Mar 2008
In reply to maresia:

climbus crapulus?
farmus21 - on 17 Mar 2008
In reply to Morgan Woods:

is there any microbe that might effect the ropes...eating them and that...or maybe...no cant think, thats a very odd question

sutty on 17 Mar 2008
In reply to G Graham:

I gave a link to that earlier, dirt in cuts and grit rash is ideal for infection.
G Graham - on 17 Mar 2008
In reply to sutty:
Yup. Mtbers should get their jab too.
maresia - on 17 Mar 2008
Cheers guys,

It does seem a bit of a strange question I know. It's in the back of the SPA syllabus book in the "Model Crag Environment Paper" and asks for an hazardous reptile and insect as well. The other two are fairly obvious but I couldn't think of any microbe that would be hazardous to climbers in particular.

Some good suggestions though - Thanks
Ian McNeill - on 17 Mar 2008
In reply to maresia:

a missed hold and a fall off this microbe at the VD/ Severe SPA leader is dangerous...
http://www.ukclimbing.com/logbook/c.php?i=9898


may be a cryptic question.....

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