A patient in Leighton Hospital who was suspected of suffering from leptospirosis does not have the deadly infection, tests have shown.

The patient was in intensive care displaying symptoms of the condition, also known as Weil’s Disease, which is caught in rivers and canals infected by rat urine.

The fears prompted warning leaflets to dog owners who use River Weaver in and around Nantwich to walk their animals.

But Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust says test results have now returned.

A spokeswoman told Nantwichnews: “The diagnosis has now been completed and the patient does not have leptospirosis.”

The bacterial infection can be deadly to animals, in particular dogs, but also fatal in humans if not treated quickly.

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