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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

  • Figures

    Figure

  • Tables

  • Summary

  • Acknowledgements

    Acknowledgments

  • Chapter One

    Introduction

  • Chapter Two

    Infectious Diseases As a Possible Cause of Gulf War Illnesses

  • Chapter Three

    Bacterial Diseases (Mycoplasma)

  • Chapter Four

    Bacterial Diseases (Other Than Mycoplasma)

  • Chapter Five

    Viral Diseases

  • Chapter Six

    Parasitic Diseases

  • Chapter Seven

    Biological Warfare Agents

  • Chapter Eight

    Unidentified Infections

  • Chapter Nine

    Conclusions and Recommendations

  • Appendix

    Additional Consideration on Mycoplasma

  • Bibliography

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