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Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentMilitary · 1 decade ago

For those unidentified disease vietnam vets came back with, did we ever discover what they were?

that is do they have a common name now? can you name a few, thanks.

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (the stereotype of the deranged vet hiding when car backfired came from this), Agent Orange Exposure (my brothers child had tumor's in her heart and brain, likely because of this). Dysentery was very common during the war.

    I think a lot of the damage stems from the psychological. Even the Desert Storm stuff (which I was in for).....most of the 'diseases' that came from that could be psychosomatic....the mind controlling the body to be sick. (see the link below). This probably affected Vietnam Vets worse, since they were more exposed more heavily and for a lot longer.

    Just wait till all the 'diseases' are reported about the current wars (along with their most assured denials by our government).

    One thing is for never stop paying for war.

    W. T. Sherman said "It is only those who have neither fired a shot nor heard the shrieks and groans of the wounded who cry aloud for blood, more vengeance, more desolation. War is hell."

  • 1 decade ago

    The only one I'm aware of that was a disease was Penicillinaise Producing Nesarei Gonorrhea (PPNG). It was a variant of gonorrhea (an STD) which carried the nickname of "Vietnamese Rose" but actually originated in the Philippines. If you treated it with Penicillin, it created the substance which neutralized the penicillin. So, other antibiotics had to be used.

    Agent Orange wasn't a disease. It was a chemical which has been linked to cancers and other genetic malformations.

    Source(s): Retired Navy Medical Department Officer.
  • 1 decade ago

    Most of the "unidentified disease" were urban / foxhole legends. Those are really hard, REALLY HARD, to diagnose. And it is even harder to find active patients to examine and treat.

    Viet Nam has an extensive network of medical facilities - if they can't diagnose something locally, they can call on WHO, CDC or other international resources.

    If there were any "unidentified" diseases during the "American War" it was because the military docs were so clueless and unaware of tropical medicine that (you can fill in the blanks).

  • 1 decade ago

    One is Agent Orange

    Agent Orange's usage from 1961 to 1971 was by far the most used of the so-called "Rainbow Herbicides" utilized during the program. Degradation of Agent Orange (as well as Agents Purple, Pink, and Green) released dioxins, which have caused health problems for those exposed during the Vietnam War. Agents Blue and White were part of the same program but did not contain dioxins.

    Studies of populations highly exposed to dioxin, though not necessarily Agent Orange, indicate increased risk of various types of cancer and genetic defects; the effect of long-term low-level exposure has not been established.

    Source(s): U.S. Navy 1986-1989 USS Stein A-Gang- Auxhilerated Equipment
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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    There was a bug called 'Vietnamese Rose' that didn't respond to penicillin.

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