Operation Ranch Hand


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A herbicide-spraying program carried out during the Vietnam conflict between 1962 and 1971 that primarily used Agent Orange, but also Agents Blue, Green, Pink, Purple and White
Exposure effects US servicemen exposed to the Agent Orange have a 50% increase in skin cancer, predominantly BCC. The Vietnamese exposed to the herbicides fared far worse. A meta-anlysis found a 3-fold greater incidence of major birth defects in children born to parents with high levels of exposure to Agent Orange
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Agent Orange is the combination of the code names for Herbicide Orange and Agent LNX - one of the herbicides and defoliants used as part of its chemical warfare program, Operation Ranch Hand.
The Air Force dropped up to 20 million gallons of Agent Orange as part of its Operation Ranch Hand, and the Vietnamese government says up to 4000,000 people were killed or injured and 500,000 children may have been born with defects as a result of the chemical spraying.
8 MILLION EXPOSED TO AGENT ORANGE Agent Orange is the code name for one of the herbicides and defoliants used by the US military as part of its herbicidal warfare programme, Operation Ranch Hand, during the Vietnam War.
During the Vietnam War, the United States military sprayed approximately 80 million liters of chemical agents as part of a program called Operation Ranch Hand.
BACKGROUND: Operation Ranch Hand veterans were involved in spraying herbicides, including Agent Orange, during the Vietnam War in 1962-1971; Agent Orange was contaminated with 2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin (TCDD).
The researchers examined 872 veterans who had participated in Operation Ranch Hand, which sprayed defoliants over about 3.
Those dioxin residue levels are relatively high among veterans of Operation Ranch Hand (ORH) (Michalek and Tripathi 1999), the operation responsible for the handling and the actual aerial spraying of Agent Orange and other dioxin-contaminated herbicides in Vietnam from 1962 to 1971.
The Air Force study is based on exhaustive health evaluations performed every five years since 1982 on veterans of Operation Ranch Hand, the Air Force operation that sprayed 90 percent of all the Agent Orange herbicide used in Vietnam.
It is comparing the health of Vietnam veterans who participated in the Operation Ranch Hand defoliation program--which used the dioxin-contaminated Agent Orange -- against the health of a matched group of air-cargo veterans stationed in southeast Asia but not Vietnam.
Veterans involved in Operation Ranch Hand were responsible for the aerial spraying of Agent Orange and other herbicides contaminated with TCDD during the Vietnam War from 1962 to 1971.
Operation Ranch Hand, a study of 1,200 Vietnam veterans conducted by the U.
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