A former soldier is suing the Ministry of Defence after contracting Q fever in Afghanistan.
Wayne Bass claims his life has been ruined by the Army's failure to provide antibiotics which would have protected him from the disease.
The report clearly states they gave him intravenous antibiotics...
Which failed. The irony of not giving the soldier doxycycline because of its interaction with anti-malarial drugs is that doxycycline is itself a malaria treatment.
@kenralph It states in the article that doxycycline should have been given as a prophylactic. Ie to prevent. This is according to an associate professor in cellular microbiology. MOD vs Prof?
My betting is the bottom line is money. They cycled thousands of troops through Afghanistan and had 200 cases per year with only a 3rd of those symptomatic, This is a numbers game, pure and simple. Probability vs cost.
Doxycycline is as cheap as chips. From superdrug it's £27 for a two week trip, remember SD are making a profit..
Given that an average UK soldier has cost the government approx £20,000 per year...I doubt if it's money.
The soldier was given treatment, very sadly it never worked.