Illness Among Persian Gulf War Veterans: Case Validation Studies.
Annual rept. 25 Sep 97-24 Sep 98,
IOWA UNIV IOWA CITY
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We recently completed a population-based, cross-sectional telephone survey of 4,886 military personnel to compare the prevalence of self-reported symptoms and illnesses among military personnel either deployed, or eligible but not deployed, during the Persian Gulf War PGW JAMA, 1997 funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Compared with non-PGW military personnel, PGW military personnel reported a significantly higher prevalence of symptoms of a variety of conditions, although depression, cognitive dysfunction, and fibromyalgia were particularly elevated. The existence of a causal relationship between either military exposures or other risk factors and documented illness for most symptomatic PGW veterans remains to be demonstrated.
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