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Sarin gas was the cause of the mysterious illness of the soldiers who went to the Gulf War

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US scientists said they discovered the reason why thousands of soldiers who served in the 1991 Gulf War fell ill with mysterious symptoms. It was explained that these symptoms were caused by sarin gas released into the air during the bombing of chemical weapons deposits related to Iraq.

Many veterans began to show some debilitating symptoms following their mission. For decades, the cause of these ailments, known as the “Gulf War Syndrome”, remained unclear.

Sarin, a border gas, often has lethal effects. However, the head of the team that carried out the research on the subject of speech, Dr. Robert Haley said that the gas to which soldiers are exposed in Iraq is diluted and therefore not deadly.

Stating that getting sick with the effect of Sarin is related to genetic predisposition, Dr. Haley draws attention to the role of the gene called PON1. This gene plays a valuable role in breaking down toxic chemicals in the body.

The research group found that veterans with less active PON1 gene were more likely to get sick.

More than 1,000 Gulf War veterans participated in the US government-funded study.

University of Texas Medical Center Stating that these research results contain definitive data, Haley said, “We hope that our findings will result in treatments that will relieve symptoms.”

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WHAT IS GULF WAR SYNDROME?

The Gulf War, which started with the invasion of Kuwait by the former state leader of Iraq, Saddam Hussein in August 1990, resulted in the US-led coalition forces’ “Desert Shield” and “Desert Storm” operations against Iraq and continued with air operations.

Some of the soldiers who took a mission in this war, after returning to their country, suffered from unexplained ailments for a while.

In the midst of symptoms that occur in ex-soldiers who have difficulty in maintaining their daily lives, physical disorders such as skin rash and itching, high blood pressure, diarrhea, muscle pain, joint pain, adjustment disorder, chronic fatigue, as well as post-traumatic tension disorder and cognitive difficulties. There are mental symptoms.

According to the claims of the military aid organization Royal British Legion, 33,000 of the more than 50 thousand soldiers sent from England to the Gulf War still show symptoms such as chronic fatigue, joint pain, memory and speech problems.

Former soldiers complained that their illnesses were not taken seriously for more than 30 years.

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