Prevalence of multiple chemical sensitivities: a population-based study in the southeastern United States.
2004 SM Caress and AC Steinemann
State University of West Georgia, Carrollton, Georgia 30118, USA. email@example.com
We examined the prevalence of multiple chemical sensitivities (MCS), a hypersensitivity to common chemical substances. We used a randomly selected sample of 1582 respondents from the Atlanta, Ga, standard metropolitan statistical area. We found that 12.6% of our sample reported the hypersensitivity and that, while the hypersensitivity is more common in women, it is experienced by both men and women of a variety of ages and educational levels. Our prevalence for MCS is similar to that (15.9%) found by the California Department of Health Services in California and suggests that the national prevalence may be similar.
Caress SM, Steinemann AC. State University of West Georgia (2004). Prevalence of multiple chemical sensitivities: a population-based study in the southeastern United States. American Journal of Public Health. 2004 May;94(5):746-7. PubMed.gov. PMID: 15117694 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE] PMCID: PMC1448331