Hundreds of Vietnam veterans infected by a slowly killing parasite


HEROLD, W.Va. – Half a century after serving in Vietnam, hundreds of veterans have a new reason to believe that they may be dying from a silent bullet: the results of the tests show that some men may have been infected by a slow parasitic death while fighting in the jungles of Southeast Asia.

The Department of Veterans Affairs this spring commissioned a small pilot study to badyze the link between liver flukes ingested through raw or undercooked fish and a rare cancer of the bile ducts. It can take decades for the symptoms to appear. By then, patients often have tremendous pain, with only a few months to live.

Of the 50 blood samples sent, more than 20 percent tested positive positive or positive for antibodies to liver flu, said Sung-Tae Hong, the tropical medicine specialist who performed the tests at the National University of Seoul in South Korea.

  Image: Mike Baughman holds a photo of him from 1971 in his US Army uniform. UU At home

Mike Baughman has 1971 photo of himself in his US Army uniform at his home in Danville, California, on August 2, 2016.