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1. Posted by michjb (Budding Member 3 posts) 9y

Has anyone heard/seen of the effects of Agent Orange or know what the chance is of contracting the disease if travelling to Vietnam?

Any information you have will be useful as I am considering cancelling my trip.

2. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 9y

Agent Orange was a herbicide used by the US during the Vietnam war to destroy forest cover - not a disease. I think it had some nasty effects on the local population at the time. I haven't heard of it being a problem since.

3. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3719 posts) 9y

I have seen the horrific effects of this - but like magykal1 says, it is not a disease that you can catch so you should have no worries about going to vietnam. As far as I know there is no risk at all from agent orange for travellers.

4. Posted by CanadaGuy (Respected Member 199 posts) 9y

Correct- not a problem now for travellers-

If you go to the "War Remnants Museum " in HCMC they have displays on Agent Orange, including the horrifying effects on fetuses of exposed locals - preserved to see in jars... That had quite an impact...

5. Posted by Alqueda (Inactive 17 posts) 8y

I feel sad. 4 million of the local are suffering the disease every single day and need help. Where would the help from. Silly topic...!!!

6. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 8y

Mich,
I just got back from VN last month and you will have no problems with agent orange. It was certainly nasty stuff and it killed or injured many VN citizens. Likewise, American soldiers also suffered from exposure to agent orange. But, it has been over 30 years since it was sprayed over the foliage of VN. It will have no effect on you today. Enjoy your time in VN.

7. Posted by CatAttack (Inactive 15 posts) 8y

Yes to repeat other posts, its not a disease, but I would like to add that there are still effects of Agent Orange being seen in the Vietnamese people today, particularly in rural areas. It can cause many genetic defects and physical deformities amongst relatives, so there are many children in Vietnam who have been born with some form of defect that is visible, especially visible to travellers. These are children and grandchildren of citizens that were exposed during the war. But no, you can't "catch" it.