MORE than 20 flight attendants with
Parkinson's have contacted lawyers fighting to prove they contracted the
crippling disease from spraying insecticide in aircraft cabins.
Turner Freeman lawyer Tanya Segelov said: "I have had more than 20
people contact me so far and expect to hear from more. This is clearly
something that needs to be investigated."
The Daily Telegraph
exclusively revealed this week that long-haul flight attendant Brett
Vollus had launched a test cast against the Commonwealth Government,
which insists all aircraft have to be sprayed with insecticide upon
arrival in Australia.
LEGAL CASE WILL PROVE LINK BETWEEN PARKINSON'S AND INSECTICIDES
"When you have a lot of people working in the
same environment, with the same disease and a known link it certainly
starts to look suspicious," said Ms Segelov.
stewardess Hilary Engledow, 65, from Port Macquarie has added her name
to the list after being diagnosed with Parkinson's disease seven years
"I used to hate the spraying and would even hide in the loo
to get away from it," she said. "But no matter who did the spraying you
would end up breathing it in.
"It is important we all come forward to try and prove that there is a huge cluster of victims among flight crew," she said.
"Showing the cause won't take away the disease from me but it might prevent others from getting it."
expert Professor Kay Double from the University of Sydney Medical
School said studies had linked the bug spray chemical permathrin to
But the problem was actually getting the funding to produce definitive research.
need to go out and do the studies and see how many flight attendants
have Parkinson's Disease and what was their exposure to pesticide was,"
Clyde Campbell, director of Shake It Up, the Parkinson's
charity linked to the Michael J Fox Foundation in the US, said
insecticide had been linked to areas with increased incidences of the
"There are certainly areas with a higher risk factor," he
said. "But we need funding for research to help us understand the
causes, how to slow it down and - the Holy Grail - cure it."
Department of Health said all aircraft have to be sprayed upon arrival
in Australia to prevent the spread of disease such as malaria from
mosquitoes. It said all sprays complied with World Health Authority
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