/ SPA sample paper
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.
Surely ANY microbe hazardous to "normal" folk would be hazardous to rock climbers too? Take your pick...
Good point - but I'm guessing there is probably one more specifically associated with climbing.
I take it you had plenty of fun in Scotland then!
I suppose Lymes disease is a possibility, caused by Borrelia burghdor feri and transmitted by tick bites.
Eugh! Is there anywhere without horrible biting, itchy, stinging things!!!
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
god almighty. someone got paid to think that up.
a spirochete bacteria.
live's in drinking water, which it gets into through animal urine.
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...
Look on here and see if you can find the one you can get while climbing;
An incorrectly used 'Bug'?
is it Clostridium tetani (Tetanus)?
is there any microbe that might effect the ropes...eating them and that...or maybe...no cant think, thats a very odd question
I gave a link to that earlier, dirt in cuts and grit rash is ideal for infection.
Yup. Mtbers should get their jab too.
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
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