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TBT WATERS CLEARED AS CAUSE OF MS
SCLEROSIS clusters in Leswalt and Kirkcolm have not been
exposure to higher-than-normal levels of a chemical in
the waters of
is the view of medical experts who carried out an investigation
claims that Tributyltin (TBT), a chemical once used as
an anti-fouling agent
on ships' bottoms, could have been responsible for
of MS in the villages.
finger was pointed at TBT after the Scottish Environmental
Agency found increased levels of the chemical in shellfish.
The prevalence of TBT in shellfish in Lochryan is blamed
activities once carried on at Cairnryan.
findings prompted an investigation by NHS Dumfries and
week, their conclusion was there was no indication that
TBT was to
Although the area round the villages appears to show
prevalence, the investigation concludes this is due
to people who either had
MS, or who had been exposed to a condition likely
to trigger the disease,
moving into the area.