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Project Summary

Title: Disease Cluster in a Pennsylvania Air National Guard Unit, EPI-AID 95-18
Synopsis: This focused study evaluates reported disease clusters in a Pennsylvania Air National Guard unit in order to gain a better understanding of unexplained illnesses associated with service in the Gulf War and if there are any physiological risk factors.
Overall Project Objective: At request of VA, DoD, and the Pennsylvania Health Department, CDC investigators conducted an EPI-AID to evaluate reported cluster of illness in the Pennsylvania 193rd Air National Guard.
Status/Results to Date: See Publications Below
Project:HHS-2
Agency:Department Of Health And Human Services
Location:CDC
State of Florida
State of Pennsylvania
P.I. Name:William C Reeves, M.D.
Research Type:Epidemiology
Research Focus:Symptoms & General Health
Focus Category:General Health & Physical Symptoms
Status:Complete
Study Start Date:December 01,1994
Estimated Completion Date:June 01,2000
Specific Aims: Characterize patients, determine if there was a cluster of illness, determine if the illness was unique to the 193rd ANG, related to residence in Pennsylvania, or related to GW service, characterize the illness and derive a working case definition, and identify risk factors for illness.
Methodology: Stage 1 case series; stage 2 cross sectional population-based interview; stage 3 physical exam, psychometric testing, clinical laboratory, research laboratory assessment and nested case control study.
Most Recent Publications:

Fukuda K, Nisenbaum R, Stewart G, Thompson WW, Robin L, Washko RM, Noah DL, Barrett DH, Randall B, Herwaldt BL, Mawle AC, Reeves WC. Chronic multisymptom illness affecting Air Force veterans of the Gulf War. JAMA, 280(11):981-8, Sep 1998. Abstract

Nisenbaum R, Barrett DH, Reyes M, Reeves WC. Deployment stressors and a chronic multisymptom illness among Gulf War veterans. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disorders, 188(5):259-66, May 2000. Abstract

Unexplained illness among Persian Gulf War veterans in an Air National Guard unit. US Department of Defense, MMWR, August 1990-March 1995, MMWR, 44(23):443-447, 1995. Report