Seroconversion for Infectious Pathogens among UK Military Personnel Deployed to Afghanistan, 2008–2011

@inproceedings{Newman2014SeroconversionFI,
  title={Seroconversion for Infectious Pathogens among UK Military Personnel Deployed to Afghanistan, 2008–2011},
  author={Edmund N. C. Newman and Penelope Johnstone and Hannah Bridge and Deborah Wright and Lisa J. Jameson and Andrew Bosworth and Rebecca Hatch and Jenny Hayward-Karlsson and Jane C. Osborne and Mark S Bailey and Andrew Green and David Ross and Tim Brooks and Roger Hewson},
  booktitle={Emerging infectious diseases},
  year={2014}
}
Military personnel are at high risk of contracting vector-borne and zoonotic infections, particularly during overseas deployments, when they may be exposed to endemic or emerging infections not prevalent in their native countries. We conducted seroprevalence testing of 467 UK military personnel deployed to Helmand Province, Afghanistan, during 2008-2011 and found that up to 3.1% showed seroconversion for infection with Rickettsia spp., Coxiella burnetii, sandfly fever virus, or hantavirus; none… CONTINUE READING