The purpose of this study was to determine whether respiratory disease due to crowded living conditions and high levels of suspended and blowing sand had a major adverse impact on US military personnel during Operation Desert Shield.
A questionnaire survey was administered to 2598 combat troops stationed in Northeast Saudi Arabia for a mean of 102 days.
Samples of surface sand from seven different locations were analyzed by scanning electron microscopy and x-ray diffraction.
Among surveyed troops, 34.4% reported a sore throat, 43.1% complained of a cough, 15.4% complained of chronic rhinorrhea, and 1.8% were unable to perform their routine duties because of upper respiratory symptoms.
Mots-clés Pascal : Rhinorrhée, Homme, Sable, Toux, Appareil respiratoire pathologie, ORL pathologie, Américain, Militaire, Epidémiologie, Nez pathologie, Arabie Saoudite, Asie
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Rhinorrhea, Human, Sand, Cough, Respiratory disease, ENT disease, American, Military, Epidemiology, Saudi Arabia, Asia
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