No evidence linking Sg Kim Kim pollution to 12-year-old's myokymia, says Health Ministry

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  • Saturday, 06 Jul 2019

GOPENG: There is no proof to show that the toxic pollution incident at Sungai Kim Kim in March caused myokymia in a 12-year-old pupil.

Deputy Health Minister Dr Lee Boon Chye (pic) said a background check on the boy found he was born prematurely and had a history of fits since he was four.

"He was assessed by a paediatric neurologist. There's been no evidence so far to show it is related to the incident," he told reporters after opening a breast cancer awareness programme here on Saturday (July 6).

"We know that myokymia is a disease that can be caused due to a brain tumour, brain infection or injury," he added.

It was reported that the boy was warded at the Sultan Ismail Hospital in Johor Baru after suffering breathing difficulties.

He was diagnosed with myokymia after he was referred to the Kuala Lumpur Hospital.

The toxic pollution in Sungai Kim Kim in March affected about 4,000 residents in the Pasir Gudang area, leading to the temporary closure of 111 schools in Johor.

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