Denmark to investigate "environmental illness"

The Danish environment ministry is to set up a centre to collate scientific data on the controversial syndrome known as multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS), Information newspaper reports. About 50,000 Danes are believed to be affected by the condition, also known as "environmental illness". It comprises a range of allergic reactions thought to be caused by low ambient concentrations of many common chemicals. A survey by the environmental protection agency (EPA) last April concluded that MCS is "real" and often work-related. See 12 November Danish press digest.

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