Iraq War Soldiers Returned with Lung Disease Caused by Sulfur Mine Fire
American soldiers exposed in 2003 to smoke from the burning Mishraq Sulfur Mine in northern Iraq have developed serious lung disorders not identifiable using x-rays or CT scans. In June 2003, Iraqi forces opposing the U.S. invasion set fire to the mine, which, at the time, was the world’s largest sulfur mine. The fire burned for four weeks, releasing 42 million pounds of sulfur dioxide a day. Members of the 101st Airborne from Fort Campbell were exposed to the toxic gas.
at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, has found the only way to diagnosis the illnesses is to perform lung biopsies.
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