For those of you here (or from CF military families) might find this of interest.
Study finds Agent Orange put people at risk at base
CanWest News Service. Published: Wednesday, August 22, 2007
MONCTON, N.B. - Individuals who had direct contact with herbicides at CFB Gagetown in New Brunswick are at risk of contracting a number of diseases, including various cancers, Parkinson's disease and Type 2 diabetes, a new study released yesterday says.
The study investigating the potential health effects from the use of herbicides -- including Agent Orange -- at the army base from 1952 to the present says at-risk individuals included those directly involved with herbicide application.
People helping with post-application activities such as brush-clearing may have also experienced "elevated exposures," according to the report done by Intrinsik Environmental Services Inc. of Mississauga, Ont.
In July 2005, a class-action suit was launched on behalf of an estimated 440,000 soldiers and families living near or on CFB Gagetown against the Department of National Defence, Dow Chemical Company and Pharmacia Corp. over the use of Agent Orange, Agent Purple and Agent White.
© Times Colonist (Victoria) 2007
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