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Severe Illness after surfing the mole of Praia Rocha

08:53 Apr 10 2015 Praia dos Três Castelos, Avenida das Comunidades Lusiadas, Praia da Rocha, Portimão, Faro, Algarve, 8500, Portugal

Description
2 days after having surfed Praia Rocha close to the mole two of us suffered from a severe gastrointestinal disease. Symptoms included diarrhea, vomiting, severe stomach cramps, mild fever and aching limbs, which lasted 7-10 days.

It's safe to say that the disease came from the water as 2 other surfers, who didn't surf that day, didn't have any problems but ate the same food.

It rained heavily the days prior to our surf, which might have caused bad pollution of the Rio Arade leading into the ocean.

It's probably best to avoid surfing the rivermouth after periods of hard rain.
Additional Data
What were your symptoms? Check all that apply:: Vomiting,Diarrhea,Cramps/Stomach Pain,Respiratory Illness,Fever
Did you see a doctor?: Yes
If treated, what was the diagnosis and treatment?: gastrointestinal disease, treament with pain killers
How long after you were in the water did your illness symptoms start?: After 2 days
How many times have you been sick from the water at this beach?: One
How long did your illness last?: 2 Weeks
Will you allow Surfrider Foundation to contact you? If yes, please provide info below. This will not be shared publicly.: Yes

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