News ARMED FORCES Former soldier sues MoD after catching Q fever in Afghanistan

By Dominic Nicholls, Defence Correspondent

A FORMER soldier is suing the Ministry of Defence (MoD) after claiming he caught the debilitating infection Q fever while serving in Helmand province, in the first case of its kind.

Wayne Bass’s case is the first to test the MoD’s duty to protect against Q fever

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The one-time infantryman says he contracted the bacterial infection during a tour of duty in Afghanistan.

Wayne Bass, 34, was medically discharged from the Army in June 2012 after suffering Q fever and chronic fatigue symptoms.

He says his life has been ruined by the Army’s failure to provide antibiotics which would have protected him from the disease.

In 2011 Mr Bass was serving as a private in 2nd Bn the Mercian Regiment in a part of Helmand Province, where he believes he contracted Q fever, an infection caused by bacteria found in cattle, sheep, and goats.

Mr Bass, from Redditch, Worcestershire, is testing the MoD’s duty to protect troops against Q fever, claiming he should have been given antibiotics by the Army.

Following periods in hospital and at the MoD’s Headley Court rehabilitation centre in Surrey, he was diagnosed with Q fever chronic fatigue syndrome.

“I get breathless, have aches and pains all over my body,” Mr Bass said.

Grahame White