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Austrian government recognises multiple chemical sensitivity as a physical disease


by Silvia K. Müller
CSN: Chemical Sensitivity Network


Just like Germany, Austria is now classifying Chemical Sensitivity / MCS (Multiple Chemical Sensitivity) as a physical disease under the code T78.4 of the ICD-10 (the register of diseases). The news comes from a recent letter by the Department of Health of the Austrian Government.


MCS in the ICD-10 in Germany

In a letter dated September 4, 2008 the DIMDI, the Cooperation Partner for Germany of the WHO, wrote that MCS (Multiple Chemical Sensitivity) was classified in the register ICD-10 GM which is valid in Germany:

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Multiple chemical sensitivity has major impact on everyday life


A new study reveals the impact that multiple chemical sensitivity can have on all areas of sufferers' everyday lives.

Multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS) is a condition in which an individual becomes ill after being exposed to chemicals known as volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in the air. Sources of such chemicals include everyday products such as household cleaners and personal care products. VOCs are also given off by household furnishings such as carpets, sofas, bedding, and furniture made from fibreboard. Vehicle exhaust and cigarette smoke are also troublesome to those afflicted with MCS.

Symptoms of MCS can be triggered by minute amounts of VOCs even when the person is unable to smell the offending chemical. Symptoms vary but are typically neurological (e.g. dizziness, foggy thinking, confusion, headache) and respiratory (e.g. breathlessness, asthma, wheezing, coughing).

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Air in Katrina flooded homes could trigger multiple chemical sensitivity and other illness


New research suggests airborne pollutants are just as prevalent and toxic as those contained in sediment depositis in homes flooded by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

Using existing data, researchers from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge conducted a modelling study to determine the level of air contamination in flooded homes following the devastation of Katrina.

In the study published in the April issue of the peer-reviewed journal Environmental Engineering Science the researchers, led by Nicholas Ashley, suggest that indoor gases, mold, and aerosols may have exposed residents, emergency workers, and demolition crews to dangerous contaminant levels without the need for direct skin contact.

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Canadian Multiple Chemical Sensitivity sufferer starts Facebook group


Canadian chemical sensitivity sufferer wearing a full face respiratorThe group is aimed at raising awareness of Multiple Chemical Sensitivity which affects between 5-25% of Canadians, as well as providing a place for sufferers to support each other.

The group was set up by a female multiple chemical sensitivity sufferer (MCS) who prefers to go only under the screen name 'Lady Itchalot'.

Despite being created only this week the group, named 'The Many Face of Multiple Chemical Sensitivities in Canada', already includes over 15 members.

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Multiple Chemical Sensitivity sufferer told to remove modular home safe haven


A judge has ruled that a couple must remove a modular housing unit from their property despite it being the only safe haven for the wife who suffers from multiple chemical sensitivity.

Judge Carol McGinley of Lehigh County, Pennsylvannia in the United States has told Craig Bowes that a modular housing unit constructed of steel and porcelain must be removed from his property because he does not have the required permits.

Bowes' wife, Elizabeth Feudale, suffers from multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS) and requires a completely chemical-free environment to avoid triggering potentially very serious symptoms.

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