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Posted at 12:24 PM ET, 08/20/2010

Md. looks for cancer cluster near Ft. Detrick

By Washington Post editors

The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene says it's working with Frederick County health officials to investigate a possible cancer cluster near Fort Detrick, where workers dumped industrial chemicals and field-tested Agent Orange decades ago.

DHMH says it hopes to know by late September whether the cancer rate within a mile of Fort Detrick is significantly higher than in other parts of the county or state.

The investigation stems from a former Frederick resident's claim that he found many cancer cases among current and former Fort Detrick neighbors, including his former wife and late daughter.

On Thursday, DHMH and the Maryland Department of the Environment said they have asked the Army to test for the Vietnam-era defoliant Agent Orange on and around Fort Detrick.
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Information from: The Frederick (Md.) News-Post, http://www.fredericknewspost.com

By Washington Post editors  | August 20, 2010; 12:24 PM ET
Categories:  Maryland  
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Comments

so glad I spent 18 years of my life living around Ft. Detrick!

Posted by: Bigfoot_has_a_posse | August 20, 2010 12:37 PM | Report abuse

Of course there's a link. Go ask the V.A. It took them only 30 years to admit it, when it came to service members who served in areas of Vietnam where Agent Orange was used.

Posted by: jckdoors | August 20, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Bigfoot,
"so glad I spent 18 years of my life living around Ft. Detrick!"

Ha Ha Ha...this explains a lot!

Posted by: BigDaddy651 | August 20, 2010 3:07 PM | Report abuse

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