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Monday 1st May 2003

Allegations about Illness Caused By Injections

A Government tribunal has ruled that a British soldier's illness came from a number of injections he received in preparation for the 1991 Gulf War.

Army veterans have described the ruling as the first official recognition of what they call 'Gulf War Syndrome'.

In 1990 Alex Izett was a soldier in the Royal Engineers getting ready to go to the Gulf. He never actually went, but was given the same injections as those who did.

Defence Minister Dr Lewis Moonie told us there is still no medical evidence to support the existence of a specific Gulf War Syndrome.

Click on the audio link to hear Andrew Gilligan's report (including an outline from Alex Izett of his symptoms), plus Dr Moonie's explanation of why the Government wont be challenging the ruling.

Also, click on the pages to the right to see more about the tribunal's ruling.

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