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attn. Desert Storm vets

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Military personnel who served in the Gulf War have had a significantly higher incidence of undiagnosed illnesses than those who were not deployed to the theatre of operations. Veterans who participated in Operation Desert Shield/Storm are now referred to as Gulf War veterans rather than Persian Gulf War veterans.

Gulf War veterans have reported suffering from one or more symptoms that include fatigue, memory loss, difficulty concentrating, rashes and pains in muscles and joints. The symptoms range in severity from barely detectable to completely debilitating. There have been no single accepted diagnosis or group of diagnoses identified that describes and explains these symptoms although some of the possible causes are suspected to be associated with multiple environmental exposures.

What is "Persian Gulf Syndrome" or "Gulf War Syndrome"?
These are terms used to describe symptoms and illnesses reported by individuals who served in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm in Southwest Asia in 1990-91. Researchers are considering many possible causes including, but not limited to:

Oil, smoke and other petrochemical agents

Leishmaniasis (Sand flies)

Pyridostigmine bromide, malaria prophylaxis and other prophylactic drug treatments;

Inoculations (Anthrax, botulism, etc.)





Depleted uranium

Pyridostigmine bromide

Chemical and biological warfare agents.

Contaminated food and water obtained in the Persian Gulf
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