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IIR 6 836 0155 94/BRITISH POSITION ON CHEMICAL

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CITE:  4789.

SERIAL:  (U) IIR 6 836 0155 94.


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COUNTRY:  (U)  UNITED KINGDOM (UK); CZECH REPUBLIC (CZ).

SUBJ:  IIR 6 836 0155 94/BRITISH POSITION ON CHEMICAL
AGENTS IN THE GULF WAR AND ON THE GULF WAR DISEASE  (U)

WARNING:  (U) THIS IS AN INFO REPORT, NOT FINALLY
EVALUATED INTEL.  [  (b)(2)  ]

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                 DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE
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DOI:  (U)  931202.

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

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

SUMMARY:  [      (b)(1) sec 1.3(a)(4)    ]
TEXT:

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











3.  (U)  BRITISH DETECT NOTHING -- THE BRITISH OFFICIALS
STATED THAT THERE WERE NO POSITIVE CHEMICAL DETECTION
INCIDENTS FROM ANY BRITISH UNIT.  BRITISH MONITORING
EQUIPMENT WAS LOCATED DOWN TO THE PLATOON LEVEL.  THE
MONITORS GAVE SOME ALARMS WHICH RESULTED IN THE USE OF
MORE CAPABLE DETECTORS.  ALL OF THE MONITOR ALARMS WERE
RULED TO BE FALSE ALARMS AS THE DETECTORS NEVER PRODUCED A
POSITIVE READING.

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5.  (U)  BRITISH REJECT THE IDEA OF A NEW DISEASE --
BEFORE, DURING AND AFTER THE GULF WAR, BRITISH MEDICAL
PERSONNEL MONITORED THE HEALTH OF BRITISH MILITARY
PERSONNEL USING NORMAL REPORTING PROTOCOLS.  THE DATA
SHOWED THAT, IN SOME REPORTABLE AREAS, THE MILITARY
ACTUALLY EXPERIENCED FEWER HEALTH PROBLEMS DURING THE GULF
WAR THAN BEFORE OR AFTER THE WAR.  MUCH OF THIS IS
ATTRIBUTABLE TO THE REDUCED CONSUMPTION OF ALCOHOL.  NONE
OF THE REPORTED INDICATORS SHOWED ANY INCREASE.  FROM THIS
DATA, WHICH COVERS ALL SERVICE MEMBERS, NOT JUST THOSE IN
THE GULF, THE BRITISH MEDICAL AUTHORITIES CONCLUDED THAT
IT WOULD NOT BE USEFUL TO INVESTIGATE MORE DEEPLY.  WHEN
REPORTS BEGAN TO COME FROM THE U.S. OF A NEW "GULF WAR
DISEASE", BRITISH AUTHORITIES LAUNCHED A NATIONAL APPEAL
FOR ANYONE WHO MIGHT HAVE SUCH A DISEASE TO COME FORWARD.
THERE WERE THIRTY RESPONSES TO THE APPEAL, BUT SOME
RESPONSES WERE REQUESTS FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION.  A
TOTAL OF THIRTEEN PEOPLE WHO HAD SERVED IN THE GULF PUT
THEIR CASES FORWARD.  THE CIVILIAN DOCTORS HANDLING TWO OF
THE CASES ELECTED NOT TO FORWARD THE CASES TO THE MOD FOR
EVALUATION.  SIX OF THE CASES WERE PATIENTS SUFFERING FROM
ACUTE ANXIETY.  TWO OF THE CASES WERE FROM PATIENTS WHOSE
SYMPTOMS WERE RELATED TO IDENTIFIABLE ILLNESSES.  ONE OF
THE CASES HAS NOT YET BEEN EVALUATED.  THAT LEAVES TWO
CASES WHICH REPRESENT PATIENTS WHO HAVE COMPLAINTS FOR
WHICH A CAUSE HAS NOT BEEN DETERMINED.  WHEN ONE LOOKS AT
THE GENERAL POPULATION, ONE DISCOVERS THAT THERE ARE
ALWAYS A NUMBER OF PATIENTS WHO HAVE COMPLAINTS WHICH
CANNOT BE DIAGNOSED.  THE BRITISH FIND IT MORE LOGICAL TO
OPERATE UNDER THE ASSUMPTION THAT VETERANS WITH
UNDIAGNOSABLE COMPLAINTS FALL INTO THE "NORMAL" CATEGORY
OF UNDIAGNOSABLE RATHER THAN TO POSTULATE THE EXISTENCE OF
SOME NEW DISEASE OR SYNDROME.

COMMENTS:  (U)  [    b.2.    ] - THE BRITISH NOTED THAT
THEIR NATIONAL HEALTH SYSTEM PROVIDES MEDICAL CARE TO ALL
BRITISH CITIZENS.  THEREFORE, THERE IS NO NEED FOR A
VETERAN TO PROVE THAT A MEDICAL PROBLEM IS SERVICE RELATED
BEFORE HE IS ELIGIBLE FOR GOVERNMENT HEALTH CARE.

//IPSP: (U)  PG 2520//.
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