Hospitalization and Medical Evacuation of Army Personnel Due to Toxic Inhalational Exposure-Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom, 2001 Through Mid 2011
ARMY PUBLIC HEALTH COMMAND ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND MD
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Following the first Gulf War 1991, concerns related to potential toxic inhalational exposures among military personnel were raised that remain unresolved. Similar exposure concerns during deployment have arisen as a result of current efforts, including military support of Operation Iraqi Freedom OIF and Operation Enduring Freedom OEF. During these conflicts, extensive intermittent ambient sampling has been conducted at select locations within the US Central Command area of operations CENTCOM AO1 and questionnaires aimed at documenting service members environmental exposures while deployed have been completed. Some work has been done to characterize exposure to specific exposure events on a population level. However research regarding the possible relationships between deployment-associated toxic inhalational exposures and subsequent health outcomes is limited, due to the fact that quantitative, verifiable exposure information at the individual level is difficult to ascertain.
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