To the Editor: A 60-year-old male farmer presented to the Gold Coast Hospital Emergency Department with a 2-day history of fever (38.5°C), retro-orbital pain, photophobia and confusion. In the preceding 2 weeks he had been working on a farm that had cattle and horses and which was infested with rats. The property had been flooded in the 2011 Queensland flood disaster, about a month before he worked there.
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