Roughly 50 years after serving our lovely country in Vietnam, hundreds of Southeastern-Asia deployed vets may be dying from a silent bullet. Test results show that some men may have been infected by a very slow-acting parasite. This parasite could have latched itself into the bodies of these men whilst in Vietnam. The jungles of Southeast Asia are nothing to want to play in.

Vietnam was labeled to have a very high risk of major infectious diseases by the Mundi Index. The food or waterborne illnesses in Vietnam that are most common include bacterial diarrhea, hepatitis A, and typhoid fever.

“The degree of risk is assessed by considering the foreign nature of these infectious diseases, their severity, and the probability of being affected by the diseases present. The diseases listed do not necessarily represent the total disease burden experienced by the local population.”

– index Mundi

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“Of the 50 blood samples submitted, more than 20 percent came back positive or bordering positive for liver fluke antibodies, said Sung-Tae Hong, the tropical medicine specialist who carried out the tests at Seoul National University in South Korea.”

Any Veteran that came up positive for Liver Fluke Antibodies were notified. Sung-Tae Hong stated that some of the tests may contain false positives and that the research behind this cause is ongoing.

A specific Veteran, Gerry Wiggins, was deployed in Vietnam between 1968 and 1969. Wiggins has already lost a couple of friends to the disease and states that he, “was in a state of shock” when he received the call from The Department of Veteran Affairs saying he’d tested positive.

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Article source: abcnews.go.com