Thursday, July 21, 2011

Rare Lung Disease Diagnosed In Soldiers Returning From Iraq and Afghanistan

A recent study reports that soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan are being diagnosed with a pulmonary disease called constrictive bronchiolitis. The findings have been reported in the New England Journal of Medicine.

The soldiers studied included those who were exposed to dust and fumes from burn pits. "This group causes particular concern, since their potential toxic exposures are shared by most personnel who were deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. These common exposures include open-air burn pits, in which solid waste was routinely incinerated in close proximity to living quarters, and desert dust storms of such severity that they obscured visibility.

"...we found a high prevalence of constrictive bronchiolitis, an otherwise rare illness, in the 80 soldiers we evaluated. Evaluation for constrictive bronchiolitis should be considered among returning veterans who report having exercise limitations and who have essentially normal results on imaging and physiological studies."

A lawsuit was filed alleging that KRB, Inc.
(NYSE KRB) endangered the health and safety of American soldiers in
Iraq and Afghanistan by exposing them to huge quantities of toxic 
dust, fumes and other air pollution by burning unsorted waste in vast 
open-air pits without any safety controls.


Click here to read more about burn pit claims for benefits and lawsuits. Call Jon L. Gelman at 973.696.7900 or e-mail jon@gelmans.com