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Poor Canadian man has 'trench fever'

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A disease transmitted by body lice that plagued soldiers during the first world war has been identified in a former homeless man in Canada, prompting calls for more to be done to improve conditions for vulnerable people.

Trench fever is caused by the bacterium Bartonella quintana and is spread by the faeces of body lice.

The condition became rife among armies and is thought to have affected more than a million troops during the 1914-18 conflict.

Full report at the UK Guardian

'Trench fever in urban people who are homeless': Canadian Medical Association Journal: EurekAlert

'Five millennia of Bartonella quintana bacteraemia' (Seperate research article): PLOS

Edited by Eldorado
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