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J Occup Environ Med. 2012 Jun;54(6):682-8. doi: 10.1097/JOM.0b013e318255ba39.

Prospective assessment of chronic multisymptom illness reporting possibly associated with open-air burn pit smoke exposure in Iraq.

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  • 1Deployment Health Research Department, Naval Health Research Center, 140 Sylvester Road, San Diego CA 92106, USA. teresa.powell@med.navy.mil

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To investigate the relationship between chronic multisymptom illness (CMI) and possible exposure to an open-air burn pit at three selected bases among those deployed to operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

METHODS:

Chronic multisymptom illness (reporting at least one symptom in at least two of the following symptom constructs: general fatigue; mood and cognition problems; and musculoskeletal discomfort) was assessed, differentiating by potential burn pit exposure, among deployers who completed 2004 and 2007 Millennium Cohort questionnaires.

RESULTS:

More than 21,000 Cohort participants were deployed in support of the current operations, including more than 3000 participants with at least one deployment within a 3-mile radius of a documented burn pit. After adjusting for covariates, no elevated risk of CMI was observed among those exposed.

CONCLUSIONS:

There was no increase in CMI symptom reporting in those deployed to three selected bases with documented burn pits compared with other deployers.

PMID:
22684320
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