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Image caption Wayne Bass served in Helmand in 2011. 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. His case is the first to test the MoD's duty to protect against Q fever, an infectious disease, linked to exposure to animal excrement. The MoD says it is not appropriate to comment on ongoing legal cases. In 2011, Wayne Bass, a private serving with 2nd Battalion The Mercian Regiment, was deployed to Helmand Province, to an area known for its heavy Taliban presence and fire. Pte Bass's platoon was responsible for reconnaissance and protecting other forces. Full story

21 January