Pesticide link with Gulf war syndrome

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: (Published 12 October 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:897

A possible link between Gulf war sickness and exposure to organophosphate insecticides has been admitted by Britain's ministry of defence, which last week apologised for having overlooked the connection. Armed forces minister Nicholas Soames promised that this “new factor” will be examined thoroughly in a research programme to be supervised by the Medical Research Council. The records of 750 veterans are being re-examined for specific symptoms.

The disclosure, in a letter to the Commons defence committee, has added a political dimension to …

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