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Numerous Gulf War veterans have reported a range of illnesses and symptoms after serving in the Persian Gulf. Some of the reported symptoms are similar to those caused by diseases known to be prevalent in that region. This report discusses these infectious diseases and considers them as potential causes of the symptoms reported by the veterans. The authors present a short summary of etiology, diagnosis, and treatment for several infectious diseases and infectious organisms, including bacterial, viral, and parasitic infections. Two biological agents, anthrax and botulinum toxin, are also discussed.

Table of Contents

  • Preface PDF

  • Figures

    Figure PDF

  • Tables PDF

  • Summary PDF

  • Acknowledgements

    Acknowledgments PDF

  • Chapter One

    Introduction PDF

  • Chapter Two

    Infectious Diseases As a Possible Cause of Gulf War Illnesses PDF

  • Chapter Three

    Bacterial Diseases (Mycoplasma) PDF

  • Chapter Four

    Bacterial Diseases (Other Than Mycoplasma) PDF

  • Chapter Five

    Viral Diseases PDF

  • Chapter Six

    Parasitic Diseases PDF

  • Chapter Seven

    Biological Warfare Agents PDF

  • Chapter Eight

    Unidentified Infections PDF

  • Chapter Nine

    Conclusions and Recommendations PDF

  • Appendix

    Additional Consideration on Mycoplasma PDF

  • Bibliography PDF

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