US veterans who served in Vietnam are being slowly killed off by a contracted parasite known as liver flukes.
Liver flukes are a slow and silent killer as the parasite is associated with bike duct cancer that takes years to present symptoms. Recent research shows that this parasite is in fact the cause of a substantial number of veterans deaths and they all have one thing in common, Vietnam. While 25 million people world wide are affected the large majority isn’t in Asia not America. These military veterans deserve to receive full military benefits as a result of this parasite but unfortunately that fight isn’t as easy as it should be.
Veterans returned to the U.S. after fighting in the jungles of Vietnam a half century ago, but hundreds of them may be dying from a silent bullet — a slow-killing parasite living in the men decades after the war, a new study revealed.
Liver flukes, parasites that infect a human when raw or undercooked fish is eaten, are being investigated as the cause of a rare bile duct cancer among veterans who served in the Vietnam War. It could take years for symptoms to show up, but when they do, the host is left with tremendous pain and given just a few months to live.
The Department of Veterans Affairs this spring commissioned a small pilot study to look into the link between liver flukes and the cancer. More than 20 percent of the 50 blood samples submitted to the study 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.
Mike Baughman, 65, who has bile duct cancer that his doctor said was “more likely than not” caused by liver flukes, was granted a claim for service-related benefits early this year after being denied three times. Baughman was probably infected when his unit ate uncooked fish in the Vietnam jungle after they ran out of rations. He gets about $3,100 a month and said he’s relieved to know his wife will continue to receive benefits after he dies. But he remains angry that other veterans’ last days are consumed by fighting the same government they went to war for as young men.
Military veterans put themselves in danger to protect the lifestyle and citizens of America and they often are dealt a bad set of cards when it comes to health complications, that is where American taxpayers money should be going, not to pay off the victims of politicians sexual advances towards women who are NOT interested.