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Project Summary

Title: Five Year Follow-Up of Army Personnel Exposed to Chemical Warfare Agents
Synopsis: The study examines self-reported health assessments of Army personnel, who assumed exposure to low levels of chemical warfare agents, vs those not exposed: and compared to self-reported changes in health before and after notification of possible exposure.
Overall Project Objective: Study morbidity and mortality outcomes associated with exposure to potentially low levels of chemical warfare agents at Khamisiyah. Health outcomes of troops putatively exposed during rocket demolition in 1991 were compared to those of a similar group of unexposed military personnel. Exposure levels will be estimated based on environmental and climatological modeling of the chemical footprint, in combination with troop location data during the time of the demolition.
Status/Results to Date: Mortality and morbidity data collection is underway; no results have been reported.
Project:DoD-69
Agency:Department Of Defense
Location:Institute of Medicine/Medical
P.I. Name:Richard N Miller, MD, M.P.H.
Research Type:Epidemiology
Research Focus:Chemical Weapons
Focus Category:General Health & Physical Symptoms
Status:Ongoing
Study Start Date:July 01,1998
Estimated Completion Date:November 30,2001
Specific Aims: Specific aims of the study are 1) to compare self-reported morbidity and mortality outcome rates among Army personnel putatively exposed to chemical warfare agents and those not exposed; and 2) to compare changes in self-reported morbidity before and after notification of possible chemical warfare agent exposure among Army personnel.
Methodology: The data for this study will be selected in collaboration with the Office of the Special Assistant for Gulf War Illnesses (OSAGWI), the US Army Center for Health Promotion and Preventive Medicine (Deployment Environmental Surveillance Program) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (Environmental Epidemiology Service). Mortality data will be collected for all Army veterans who were deployed to the Persian Gulf Theater of Operations. Morbidity data will be collected on a sample of individuals who responded to the initial VA National Health Survey of Persian Gulf War Veterans. Individuals will be identified as having been within or outside the modeled chemical footprint (exposure status) and also in terms of whether or not individuals were notified of potentially having been exposed to chemical agents (notification status). The effects of both exposure and notification status upon health will be analyzed.
Most Recent Publications:

Kang HK, Bullman TA. Mortality among US Gulf War veterans who were potentially exposed to nerve gas at Khamisiyah, Iraq. N/A, Washington, DC: VA: May 2002. Article