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Diseases & Conditions

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The Office of Public Health focuses on certain medical conditions that may affect Veterans. Find out more about these diseases and conditions.

Agent Orange Exposure Related Diseases
Certain cancers, chloracne, diabetes mellitus type 2, ischemic heart disease, and other medical conditions are linked to Agent Orange exposure.

Birth Defects (Agent Orange Related)
Certain birth defects such as spina bifida in Veterans’ biological children are associated with qualifying military service in Vietnam or Korea.

Ischemic Heart Disease (Agent Orange Related)
Ischemic heart disease is linked to Agent Orange exposure during qualifying military service.

Infectious Diseases
Nine infectious diseases are associated with Southwest Asia and Afghanistan military service.

Military Exposure Related Health Concerns
Learn about various health concerns related to exposures during military service.

Traumatic Brain Injury
Among Veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, concussions and brain injury are often caused by explosions.

Rabies
Veterans recently deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan who were bitten or exposed to the saliva of a warm-blooded animal, should be checked for rabies.

Gulf War Veterans’ Illnesses
Gulf War Veterans do not have to prove a connection between qualifying military service and certain undiagnosed and unexplained illnesses (popularly called "Gulf War Syndrome").

Viral Hepatitis
Get information on hepatitis A, B and C symptoms, testing, diagnosis, treatment, daily living, and resources.

HIV/AIDS
Find out about HIV/AIDS symptoms, testing, diagnosis, treatment, and daily living; VA clinical health programs and provider education.

Seasonal Flu
Learn the facts about flu vaccination, and how you can prevent and treat the flu.

Pandemic Flu
Find out what actions will help delay or reduce the impact of a flu pandemic.

Radiation Exposure Related Diseases
Certain cancers are linked to ionizing radiation exposure during qualifying military service.

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