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Infectious Diseases Associated with Service in Gulf War, Iraq, and Afghanistan

From the US Department of Veteran’s Affairs, Office of Public Health and Environmental Hazards

(via a Military Health Matters Web page by Karen Estrada)

On September 29, 2010, VA published the final regulation establishing the following infectious diseases as related to military service in Southwest Asia during the first Gulf War starting August 2, 1990, through the conflict in Iraq and on or after September 19, 2001, in Afghanistan.  Veterans must have the diseases within the time frames shown below and have a current disability as a result of that disease in order to receive health care and disability compensation for the diseases.

  • Brucellosis
    A bacterial disease with symptoms such as profuse sweating and joint and muscle pain. The illness may be chronic and persist for years. It must be at least 10% disabling within 1 year from the date of military separation.
  • Campylobacter Jejuni
    A disease with symptoms such as abdominal pain, diarrhea, and fever. It must be at least 10% disabling within 1 year from the date of military separation.
  • Coxiella Burnetii (Q Fever)
    A bacterial disease with symptoms such as fever, severe headache, and gastrointestinal problems such as nausea and diarrhea. In chronic cases, the illness may cause inflammation of the heart. It must be at least 10% disabling within 1 year from the date of military separation.
  • Malaria
    An infectious disease caused by a parasite. Symptoms include chills, fever, and sweats. It must be at least 10% disabling within 1 year from the date of military separation or at a time when standard or accepted treatises indicate that the incubation period began during a qualifying period of military service.
  • Mycobacterium Tuberculosis
    An illness that primarily affects the lungs and causes symptoms such as chest pain, persistent cough (sometimes bloody), weight loss and fever.
  • Nontyphoid Salmonella
    A condition characterized by symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. It must be at least 10% disabling within 1 year from the date of military separation.
  • Shigella
    A condition characterized by symptoms such as fever, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. It must be at least 10% disabling within 1 year from the date of military separation.
  • Visceral Leishmaniasis
    A parasitic disease characterized by symptoms such as fever, weight loss, enlargement of the spleen and liver, and anemia. The condition may be fatal if left untreated.
  • West Nile Virus
    A disease spread by mosquitoes characterized by symptoms such as fever, headache, muscle pain or weakness, nausea, and vomiting. Symptoms may range from mild to severe. It must be at least 10% disabling within 1 year from the date of military separation.

For more information on Veteran’s Health issues, here are a few good places to start

If you cannot find the information you need, please contact a reference librarian at your local public library, a local United Way or a related local social services organization (as a church, synagogue, mosque, mental health organization, state jobs/family services agency)

You may also email me at jmflahiff@yahoo.com. I will do my best to reply within 24 hours.


October 1, 2010 - Posted by | Consumer Health |

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