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Chemical sensitivity sufferer concerned about locust plague

Friday 8 October 2010

CapsulesABC Rural Victoria reports:

Chemical sensitivity sufferer concerned about locust plague

By Laura Poole
Wednesday, 06/10/2010

Living in rural areas has its challenges.

For Cavendish resident Jennifer Jacobs the challenges are even more severe.

She suffers from Multiple Chemical Sensitivity where she reports symptoms to exposure to low level chemicals.

An impending locust plague has Ms Jacobs worried.

"It's a condition that affects sufferers in different ways.

"Everyday products like perfume, scented toiletries, washing detergents, plastic, wood smoke, vehicle exhausts, just to mention a few, the list goes on.

"Smells and odours of these things and or skin contact can trigger reactions to this, mild through to severe."

Ms Jacobs says her symptoms include nausea, fatigue and disorientation.

She wears a mask when driving a car, or heading down the street to pick up the mail.

"Since I can't be around fragrant people my social life is pretty much nonexistent these days.

"I do all my shopping online and that gets delivered."

All types of agricultural aerial spraying affect Ms Jacobs.

She's concerned a locust plague, with enhanced spraying, will have a greater affect.

She says she would like notice, from farmers and councils, when spraying is going to occur.

"My main concern for myself is I'll have a bad reaction."

Multiple Chemical Sensitivity is a controversial diagnosis, and not recognised by some medical associations.

The Federal Government's National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme use the following definition:

"Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS) describes a complex condition involving a broad array of symptoms attributed to exposure to extremely low levels of a wide variety of environmental chemicals.

"Often patients report becoming ill from exposure to substances at levels well below those that affect the majority of the population.

"The symptoms experienced by individuals are diverse and reported symptoms can, in some cases, be debilitating.

"To date, no consistent physical findings or biochemical tests have been identified to differentiate MCS patients from the rest of the population. The pathogenic mechanisms involved in MCS have not been established."

In this report: Cavendish resident Jennifer Jacobs

The above originally appeared here.



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