As troops returned home from the war in iraq in late april, many wondered whether some would soon fall ill, as did thousands of those who fought in the first gulf war (gwi) in 1991 during the past 12 years, nearly half of the 700,000 gwi veterans have sought treatment for a wide range of symptoms that many suspect were.
Gwi is a communicable, moderately contagious and potentially lethal disease, resulting from a laboratory modified germ warfare agent called mycoplasma by direct iraqi attack via missiles, rockets, artillery, or aircraft munitions, and by fallout from allied bombings of iraqi chemical warfare munitions facilities during the.
Once this likely causative agent of gulf war illness (gwi) had been identified in about one‐half of the gwi cases, dr nicolson recommended that the mycoplasma‐infected gulf war veterans be treated with doxycycline he then found himself the target of viscous attacks for making the connection between the illness and m.
Infections in persian gulf war illness-cfids that have defied a disease case definition but has been called gulf war illness (gwi) in a sampling of gwi patients and symptomatic family members (n=30) we have used mycoplasma-positive patients can be successfully treated with several 6 week courses of. Mycoplasma-positive cases of gulf war illness-cfs have been successfully treated with multiple cycles of doxycycline (200-300 mg/d), ciprofloxacin (1500 mg/d) however, many of the common signs and symptoms of gwi do not fit with this explanation, and diagnosis of leishmaniasis is uncommon in gulf war veterans.