to 2003 News Archive
MS CLUSTER SURVEY
SURVEY is under way to try to find out if cases of MS in
two North Rhins
villages are significantly higher than average.
has been claimed that MS clusters in Leswalt and Kirkcolm
roots to the chemical TBT which has been found in higher
concentrations in Lochryan, particularly on the west side.
chemical, which is now on the banned list, was used as
coating on ships' bottoms and it is claimed shipbreaking
at Cairnryan has
led to the concentrations in Lochryan which have been
found in shellfish.
week, Dr Andrew Carnon, Consultant in Public Health Medicine
Dumfries and Galloway, told the Free Press that
the survey was being
undertaken because there was no list or register of
people with the
they were trying to ascertain was whether there were significantly
higher numbers of people than the Scottish average
with MS in the villages
and if that turned out to be the case, why that should
the doctor doubted if there was link between MS and the
concentration in Lochryan. "It
is probably a red herring",
he said. He
have been no reports anywhere saying TBT is linked with
anywhere in the world".