Accession Number:

ADA301076

Title:

Investigation of a Suspected Outbreak of an Unknown Disease among Veterans of Operation Desert Shield/Storm. 123d Army Reserve Command, Fort Benjamin Harrison, Indiana, April 1992.

Descriptive Note:

Final rept.,

Corporate Author:

WALTER REED ARMY INST OF RESEARCH WASHINGTON DC DIV OF PREVENTIVE MEDICINE

Report Date:

1995-06-15

Pagination or Media Count:

88.0

Abstract:

In April 1992, a multidisciplinary medical team evaluated symptoms reported by 79 members of the 123rd Army Reserve Command who had served in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Although several had previously received some medical care, no unifying diagnosis had emerged. For the evaluation, each soldier completed a questionnaire and symptom inventory and was interviewed by a medical epidemiologist, occupational medicine physician, and psychiatrist. All were examined by an oral pathologist and had blood drawn for routine hematologic tests and serum liver function studies. Serum was tested for antibodies against the organisms causing leishmaniasis. Results of routine physical and dental examination and routine laboratory tests were similar to those found in the general population. Testing for various infectious disease agents indicated no role for them in explaining the symptoms reported by the group. Psychiatric evaluation suggested that many symptoms were likely to have been stress-related. Additional medical evaluation of this group is warranted on an individual basis, and additional epidemiological studies are indicated if specific diagnosable conditions become apparent.

Subject Categories:

  • Medicine and Medical Research
  • Personnel Management and Labor Relations
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE