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Volume 20, Number 12—December 2014

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

Edmund N.C. NewmanComments to Author , Penelope Johnstone, Hannah Bridge, Deborah Wright, Lisa Jameson, Andrew Bosworth, Rebecca Hatch, Jenny Hayward-Karlsson, Jane Osborne, Mark S. Bailey, Andrew Green, David Ross, Tim Brooks, and Roger Hewson
Author affiliations: Public Health England, Porton Down, UK (E.N.C. Newman, D. Wright, L. Jameson, A. Bosworth, J. Hayward-Karlsson, J. Osborne, T. Brooks, R. Hewson); Queen Alexandra Hospital, Portsmouth, UK (P. Johnstone, H. Bridge); BMS Training Defence School of Healthcare Education, Birmingham, UK (R. Hatch); Royal Centre for Defence Medicine, Birmingham (M.S. Bailey, A. Green); Army Health Unit, Camberley, UK (D. Ross); National Institute for Health Research, Health Protection Research Unit in Emerging and Zoonotic Infections, Liverpool, UK (T. Brooks, R. Hewson); London School Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, UK (R. Hewson)

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Results of antibody testing for 5 infectious pathogens among UK service personnel before and after deployment to Helmand Province, Afghanistan, March 2008–October 2011*

Pathogen No. persons tested No. (%) with detectable antibody before deployment No. (%) with seroconversion after deployment Total no. (%) with positive antibody test
CCHFV 466 0 0 0
Sandfly fever virus 459 8 (1.7) 14 (3.1) 22 (4.8)
Rickettsia spp. 446 10 (2.2) 12 (2.7) 22 (4.9)
Hantavirus 453 5 (1.1) 6 (1.3) 11 (2.4)
Coxiella burnetii 467 7 (1.5) 8 (1.7) 15 (3.2)

*Assays were run sequentially on samples from all persons tested; some sample sizes were insufficient for testing for all agents. CCHFV, Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever virus.

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