Gulf War Syndrome

January 2009
World Book Science Dataset;1/1/2009, p1
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Gulf War Syndrome, also known as Gulf War Illness, a condition affecting some veterans of the Persian Gulf War (1991). The U.S. Department of Defense does not recognize the existence of Gulf War Syndrome, maintaining that the veterans suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder. Medical opinion does not recognize Gulf War Syndrome as a specific disease but does maintain that various symptoms�including fatigue, memory loss, skin rashes, rectal bleeding, and joint pain�characterize the illness. No cause for the illness has been definitely identified, but experts theorize that it may be the result of exposure to chemical weapons, bacterial infection, or a reaction to experimental drugs used to protect troops from nerve gas attacks. There is no known cure.


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