- Q fever in Helmand—territory, risk assessment and tolerability (Bass v Ministry of Defence)
- What are the practical implications of this case?
- What was the background?
- What did the court decide?
- Case details
Personal Injury analysis: When deploying soldiers in Helmand Province in Afghanistan preparation includes the protection of soldiers against infectious diseases. The claimant contracted Q fever which led to chronic fatigue syndrome and discharge from the army. On appeal, the defendant was found to have considered the risk and adopted a cautious approach in considering whether a change in the anti-malarial treatment to protect against Q fever would do more harm than good. While the change in prophylaxis might protect against Q fever it might compromise protection against malaria and until there was evidence that it would not the decision to retain existing protection was reasonable. Written by Marcus Weatherby, partner, at Pattinson and Brewer Solicitors.
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