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IIR 6 807 0058 94/BELGIAN SAILORS SHOW NO SIGNS OF

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SERIAL:  (U)  IIR 6 807 0058 94.


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COUNTRY:  (U)  BELGUIM

SUBJ:  IIR 6 807 0058 94/BELGIAN SAILORS SHOW NO SIGNS OF
PERSIAN GULF SYNDROME (U)

WARNING:  (U)  THIS IS AN INFORMATION REPORT, NOT
FINALLY EVALUATED INTELLIGENCE.  
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-                  DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE
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DOI:  (U)  931118; 930205.

REQS:  (U)  [   (b)(2)   ]                

SOURCE:  A.  (U)  [      (b)(1) sec 1.3(a)(4)    ]



SUMMARY:  (U)  CHIEF OF BELGIAN JOINT MEDICAL COMMAND             
 RECEIVED QUESTION FROM PARLIAMENT ABOUT STATE OF HEALTH OF
BELGIAN SAILORS WHO SERVED IN PERSIAN GULF.  MEDICAL
COMMAND HAS DETECTED NO INCIDENTS OF UNUSUAL ILLNESS AMONG
VETERANS OF GULF WAR TO PRESENT DATE.

TEXT:  1.  (U)  AS A RESULT OF PRELIMINARY COORDINATION OF
A POSSIBLE CODEL VISIT TO BELGIUM TO DISCUSS THE
MYSTERIOUS SYMPTOMS APPEARING AMONG MANY U.S. VETERANS OF
THE PERSIAN GULF CONFLICT, [   (b)(1) sec 1.3(a)(4)   ] DISCUSSED 
THIS ISSUE WITH [      (b)(1) sec 1.3(a)(4)    ] SAID THAT 
REACTING TO A
STORY IN THE BELGIAN PRESS ABOUT THE MEDICAL PROBLEMS
BEING EXPERIENCED BY AMERICAN VETERANS OF THE GULF WAR,
SEVERAL MONTHS AGO A MEMBER OF THE BELGIAN PARLIAMENT
ASKED AN OFFICIAL QUESTION OF THE GOVERNMENT CONCERNING
THE POSSIBILITY THAT BELGIAN SAILORS WHO HAD SERVED IN THE
GULF MAY BE EXPERIENCING SIMILAR MEDICAL PROBLEMS.
ACCORDING TO SOURCE, THE BELGIAN MEDICAL COMMAND ANSWERED
OFFICIALLY TO THE PARLIAMENT THAT UP TO NOW THERE HAVE
BEEN NO SIMILAR CASES OR SYMPTOMS REPORTED THROUGH MEDICAL
CHANNELS IN BELGIUM.

2.  (U)  A COMPLETE TRANSLATION OF THE QUESTION ASKED BY
BELGIAN SENATOR (VERMEIREN) IS AS FOLLOWS:  QUESTION:
IT SEEMS THAT SOME U.S. SOLDIERS WHO PARTICIPATED IN
OPERATION DESERT STORM SUFFER FROM SOME MEDICAL PROBLEMS.
THE SYMPTOMS OBSERVED ARE LISTLESSNESS AND AN
UNEXPLAINABLE FATIGUE.  WITHIN THIS SUBJECT, I WOULD LIKE
TO KNOW IF SIMILAR SYMPTOMS HAVE BEEN EXPERIENCED BY
BELGIAN NAVY SAILORS WHO SERVED ABOARD MINE-CLEARING
VESSELS IN THE PERSIAN GULF DURING OPERATION DESERT STORM.
DID ANY OF THE ABOVE NOTED SYMPTOMS OCCUR AND WERE THEY
NOTED AS SUCH?  CAN THERE BE AN INVESTIGATION CONCERNING
THIS MATTER?

3.  A COMPLETE TRANSLATION OF THE ANSWER PROVIDED BY
THE BELGIAN JOINT MILITARY MEDICAL COMMAND WHICH WAS
CLEARED THROUGH THE OFFICE OF THE MINISTER OF DEFENSE IS
AS FOLLOWS:  ANSWER:  THE SYMPTOMS OF INEXPLICABLE APATHY
AND OF FATIGUE AMONG THE PERSONNEL WHO PARTICIPATED IN
PERSIAN GULF ACTIONS ARE NOT KNOWN TO THE MEDICAL SERVICE
OF THE NAVY.

4.  [      (b)(1) sec 1.3(a)(4)    ] BROADENED THIS ANSWER TO 
ENCOMPASS ALL
SERVICES OF THE BELGIAN ARMED FORCES.

[      (b)(1) sec 1.3(a)(4)    ]



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