Medical Surveillance During
Operations Desert Shield/Desert Storm
|This Information Paper replaces The
Navy Forward Laboratory During Operations Desert
Shield/Desert Storm article previously posted under
GulfLINK Medical Information. The information in this
paper is essentially the same as in the original article.
We have made editorial changes, enhanced the graphics,
and added hypertext links to improve readability and
document navigation. The original article can be found on
GulfLINK Retired Documents.
Information Papers are reports of what we know today about military equipment and/or procedures used in the Gulf War of 1990-1991. This information paper on the Navy Forward Laboratory, Biological Warfare Detection, and Preventive Medicine is not an investigative report; instead, it is intended to provide the reader with a basic understanding of the preventive medicine, biological detection, and infectious disease surveillance techniques employed by the Navy Forward Laboratory and unit preventive medicine personnel, and findings that occurred prior to and during the Gulf War. This is an interim paper, not a final paper. We hope that you will read this and contact us with any information that would help us better understand the role of medical surveillance in the Gulf War. Please contact my office to report any new information by calling:
Last Update: November 6, 1997
Many veterans of the Gulf War have been experiencing a variety of physical symptoms, collectively called Gulf War illnesses. In response to veterans concerns, the Department of Defense (DoD) established a task force in June 1995 to investigate all possible causes. The Office of the Special Assistant for Gulf War Illnesses assumed responsibility for these investigations on November 12, 1996.
As part of the effort to inform the public about the Office of the Special Assistant for Gulf War Illnesses progress, DoD is publishing (on the Internet and elsewhere) accounts related to possible causes of Gulf War illnesses, along with whatever documentary evidence or personal testimony was used in compiling the accounts. The following information paper will aid understanding of an important medical organization and its role in the Gulf War.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
A. Before the Gulf Crisis
B. Navy Forward Laboratory
II. NFLs FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
A. Naturally Occurring Infections
B. Biological Warfare Detection
III. PREVENTIVE MEDICINE AND SURVEILLANCE
A. Preventive Medicine
IV. ASSESSMENT OF NFL AND PM EFFECTIVENESS
A. NFLs Effectiveness
B. Preventive Medicine Effectiveness
TAB A - Acronym Listing
TAB B - Bibliography
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