flashback wrote: ↑Mon Sep 02, 2019 3:41 am
Giardia. All it might take is a small break in the skin.
Around my home waters there are many interesting things in the water.
Have seen cases of giardiasis and even though it can be treatable it is not fun.
Been wading for 35 years, and 20 of those years I did not own waders. Most streams waded without waters carried a fair amounts of untreated sewage due to small municipal treatment plants being operated with no accountability or supervision. A good day on the water always involved blood, punctures, scrapes. Never once after any of these outings, which exceed 100, did I fall ill. Furthermore, I whitewater kayaked for years, and have had water forced down my throat from many rivers due thrashing about in the waves and holes, many of which were high and roiled full of ag and street sewer run-off.
A robust immune system does not evolve in a sterile environment. We are mammals, not lab equipment. It is ok to swim in a public pool (unnatural) full of hep C giners, and unwashed stale/rotten ass feces, but it's uncouth to wade without waders.