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Symptoms of Gulf War veterans possibly exposed to organophosphate chemical warfare agents at Khamisiyah, Iraq.
Int J Occup Environ Health. 2001 Apr-Jun; 7(2):79-89.IJ

Abstract

During the 1991 Gulf War, some Allied troops were potentially exposed to sarin/cyclosarin as the result of the destruction of Iraqi munitions at Khamisiyah. To evaluate the prevalence of past and current symptoms known to be associated with exposure to these chemical warfare agents, the authors conducted a computer-assisted telephone survey of 2,918 U.S. Gulf War veterans. Veterans who had participated in or witnessed the demolition in 1991 were more likely to report historical or extant symptoms than were veterans from other military units. These results should be viewed cautiously because they are based on symptoms recalled nine years after the event without precise characterization of exposure. Nonetheless, the findings suggest that symptoms consistent with low-level sarin exposure may have initially occurred, and health effects may have persisted in the veterans who were nearest to the demolition activity. Further research is warranted.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Center for Research on Occupational and Environmental Toxicology, Oregon Health Sciences University, Portland 97201, USA. mccauley@ohsu.eduNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Comparative Study
Journal Article
Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

Language

eng

PubMed ID

11373050

Citation

McCauley, L A., et al. "Symptoms of Gulf War Veterans Possibly Exposed to Organophosphate Chemical Warfare Agents at Khamisiyah, Iraq." International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health, vol. 7, no. 2, 2001, pp. 79-89.
McCauley LA, Rischitelli G, Lambert WE, et al. Symptoms of Gulf War veterans possibly exposed to organophosphate chemical warfare agents at Khamisiyah, Iraq. Int J Occup Environ Health. 2001;7(2):79-89.
McCauley, L. A., Rischitelli, G., Lambert, W. E., Lasarev, M., Sticker, D. L., & Spencer, P. S. (2001). Symptoms of Gulf War veterans possibly exposed to organophosphate chemical warfare agents at Khamisiyah, Iraq. International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health, 7(2), 79-89.
McCauley LA, et al. Symptoms of Gulf War Veterans Possibly Exposed to Organophosphate Chemical Warfare Agents at Khamisiyah, Iraq. Int J Occup Environ Health. 2001 Apr-Jun;7(2):79-89. PubMed PMID: 11373050.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Symptoms of Gulf War veterans possibly exposed to organophosphate chemical warfare agents at Khamisiyah, Iraq. AU - McCauley,L A, AU - Rischitelli,G, AU - Lambert,W E, AU - Lasarev,M, AU - Sticker,D L, AU - Spencer,P S, PY - 2001/5/25/pubmed PY - 2001/9/21/medline PY - 2001/5/25/entrez SP - 79 EP - 89 JF - International journal of occupational and environmental health JO - Int J Occup Environ Health VL - 7 IS - 2 N2 - During the 1991 Gulf War, some Allied troops were potentially exposed to sarin/cyclosarin as the result of the destruction of Iraqi munitions at Khamisiyah. To evaluate the prevalence of past and current symptoms known to be associated with exposure to these chemical warfare agents, the authors conducted a computer-assisted telephone survey of 2,918 U.S. Gulf War veterans. Veterans who had participated in or witnessed the demolition in 1991 were more likely to report historical or extant symptoms than were veterans from other military units. These results should be viewed cautiously because they are based on symptoms recalled nine years after the event without precise characterization of exposure. Nonetheless, the findings suggest that symptoms consistent with low-level sarin exposure may have initially occurred, and health effects may have persisted in the veterans who were nearest to the demolition activity. Further research is warranted. SN - 1077-3525 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/11373050/Symptoms_of_Gulf_War_veterans_possibly_exposed_to_organophosphate_chemical_warfare_agents_at_Khamisiyah_Iraq_ L2 - https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1179/107735201800339515 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -