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National database maps AO research

Update: May, 11/2013 - 09:57
Between 2.1 to 4.8 million Vietnamese citizens were directly exposed to Agent Orange and other chemicals linked to cancers, birth defects and other chronic diseases during the Viet Nam War, which ended in 1975.— Photo baodongnai.com.vn

HA NOI (VNS) — The country is in the process of creating a national database of research on the damage caused by Agent Orange and dioxin, said Le Ke Son, director general of the Office of National Steering Committee on overcoming consequences of AO/Dioxin in Viet Nam.

The national database also aims to raise awareness of the harmful effects of dioxin and encourage preventive measures.

Collecting such data has been difficult and most research on the topic has been conducted through international partners.

Between 2.1 to 4.8 million Vietnamese citizens were directly exposed to Agent Orange and other chemicals linked to cancers, birth defects and other chronic diseases during the Viet Nam War, which ended in 1975.

Researchers still do not know exactly how many people were exposed to dioxin or indirectly affected by it, nor are they sure about the exact mechanisms by which the chemical causes disease.

About US$450 million is needed to eliminate dioxin hot spots and provide care, education and economic opportunities to those affected, according to the US-Viet Nam Dialogue Group on Agent Orange/Dioxin estimates. — VNS




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