Pasir Gudang air pollution…

6 July 2019

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KUALA LUMPUR: No incidence of mass psychogenic hysteria was detected among schoolchildren in Pasir Gudang, Johor, following the air pollution incident in the area, according to government officials.

Health Minister Dzulkefly Ahmad in a statement here today said the conclusion was based on the history of exposure, symptoms, school distribution and psycho-social assessment of the 470 students involved.

“All of them have received psycho-social intervention and of the total, 231 were detected having anxiety, but only 22 from 11 schools were referred to (medical/psychiatric) experts for further treatment,” he said.

The statement also said that cumulatively, as of 5pm yesterday, a total of 723 civilians, including schoolchildren, had received psycho-social first aid from the Mental Health and Psycho-social Support Team.

Overall, the schoolchildren were found with symptoms of breathing difficulties and nausea and they were scared and worried about the same thing they experienced before.

“The symptoms experienced by the schoolchildren are considered a normal reaction of those who have gone through a traumatic experience. They were calmed down nicely by the medical personnel on duty,” he said.

Dzulkefly said the Johor Health Department is still monitoring the area and the public are advised to seek immediate medical attention from the nearest health facilities if having breathing difficulties or experiencing nausea, vomiting, headache, muscle cramps and weakness.

He said the ministry’s team was still offering their psychological support service in the affected areas. As of yesterday, 1,138 people in Pasir Gudang had breathing difficulties, with 1,093 receiving out-patient treatment and 45 others were warded.

No new cases were reported as of 5 pm yesterday.

No evidence of mass hysteria in Pasir Gudang, says minister

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THE toxic gas pollution in Pasir Gudang, Johor, is more likely to be a case of mass hysteria, as no other persons are affected except for schoolgirls.

Mass hysteria among school girls is common and can be a distressing occurrence with hyperventilation, crying, convulsions and even loss of consciousness.

This phenomenon is more common when the environment is restrictive and the atmosphere is oppressive as is often endured by schoolchildren.

It is not life threatening, except if convulsions happen as this may cause a blockage in the respiratory tract.

DATUK DR LOOI HOONG WAH

Fellow, Academy of Medicine Malaysia

 

https://www.nst.com.my/opinion/letters/2019/07/501048/pasir-gudang-case-likely-be-mass-hysteria

24 June 2019

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20 June 2019

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JOHOR BARU: About 15 students from Sekolah Agama Taman Mawar in Pasir Gudang here suffered breathing difficulties and vomiting believed to be caused by air pollution Thursday (June 20).

Pasir Gudang Fire and Rescue Station chief Ibrahim Omar said that they received a distress call about the incident at 3.39pm.

“When we arrived at the scene, we found about 15 students suffering from such symptoms and five of them have been sent to Sultan Ismail Hospital for further medical treatment,” he said in a statement here.

This comes after the toxic pollution of Sungai Kim Kim resulted in over 4,000 people falling ill and led to the closure of 111 schools in Pasir Gudang district in March.

“Once we discover the main cause, we will be issuing a statement on the matter,” he said when contacted.

Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2019/06/20/15-students-in-pasir-gudang-school-suffer-breathing-difficulties/#UUxcgZD3d7cuyIXU.99

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2 Responses to Pasir Gudang air pollution…

  1. looihw88 says:

    Re: Consternation and distress over my NSTP posting on the the tentative diagnosis of possible Mass Hysteria.
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    ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ After having served for more than 10 years as the personal physician to the Pahang Royal Family, including the present Tuanku Agong and the then Tuanku Agong of Malaysia, and having lived in the Kampong area for more than 40 years, and having practically all my nearest and dearest friends as Malay folks,
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    it is inconceivable that I was trying to belittle the Bumiputra community by saying that
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    the latest outbreak of so-called gas poisoning in June 2019 can be tentatively diagnosed as a possible case of mass hysteria as it fulfils all the medical criteria for the diagnosis.
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    ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ MASS HYSTERIA DEFINITION
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    ♥ The American Heritage® Medical Dictionary
    .
    A condition in which a large group of people exhibit similar physical or emotional
    symptoms, such as anxiety or extreme excitement.
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    What I was trying to do is to educate the Malaysian population on the subject of mass hysteria so that this malady is not being stigmatise and swept under the carpet…..and to stop the suggestion to call in foreign experts which would cause the country millions of ringgit in foreign exchange.
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    MASS HYSTERIA IS A VERY COMMON CONDITION IN ALL COUNTRIES AND HAS BEEN DIAGNOSED FREQUENTLY IN ALL COUNTRIES WITHOUT CAUSING ANY DISTRESS OR SHAME AND IS IN NO WAY A PSYCHIATRIC CONDITION i.e. it is not a form of madness but just a temporary disturbance of the conscious state and psychological state of a person.
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    It is just like going into a hypnotic trance and it can affect even the most intelligent people of those in the highest society.
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    I find that mass hysteria can occur in any country and any race and any religion and I find that the effects of this phenomenon can be very distressing and perplexing to even the doctors and nurses who attend to these patients.
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    As such I am not surprised to that the general public will be very upset and perplexed by this malady.
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    We must remember that although no organic cause can be found, the distressing symptoms and signs are real and they do cause a lot of pain and suffering to the patients and their relatives.
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    I HAVE TO KEEP ON EMPHASIZING THAT THESE CHILDREN ARE NOT FAKING THEIR SYMPTOMS AND SIGNS BUT THEY ARE REAL AND ARE JUST AS DISTRESSING AND PAINFFUL AS THE REAL ORGANIC SYMPTOMS.
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    That’s why all these patients must be adequately and correctly treated with sympathy and empathy, best by qualified psychologist and not just ignored.
    .

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    Also note that over the last 7 years or so, I have spent a lot of my time and own money to prevent anti-Lynas jokers from closing down the Lynas Rare Plant which provide the jobs to
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    about 4,000 MAINLY KAMPONG BUMIPUTRAS so that they can feed their families and children and I will continue to fight for my Bumiputra friends so that their rice bowls are not smashed.
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    Dato’ Dr Looi Hoong Wah
    DIMP, AMP, KMN,
    FAMM, MB., ChB(Manchester), MRCS(England), MRCP(UK) MRCP(London)
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  2. looihw88 says:

    MASS HYSTERIA IS A VERY COMMON CONDITION IN ALL COUNTRIES AND HAS BEEN DIAGNOSED FREQUENTLY IN ALL COUNTRIES WITHOUT CAUSING ANY DISTRESS OR SHAME AND IS IN NO WAY A PSYCHIATRIC CONDITION i.e. it is not a form of madness but just a temporary disturbance of the conscious state and psychological state of a person.

    It is just like going into a hypnotic trance and it can affect even the most intelligent people of those in the highest society.

    I find that mass hysteria can occur in any country and any race and any religion and I find that the effects of this phenomenon can be very distressing and perplexing to even the doctors and nurses who attend to these patients.

    As such I am not surprised to that the general public will be very upset and perplexed by this malady.

    We must remember that although no organic cause can be found, the distressing symptoms and signs are real and they do cause a lot of pain and suffering to the patients and their relatives.

    I HAVE TO KEEP ON EMPHASIZING THAT THESE CHILDREN ARE NOT FAKING THEIR SYMPTOMS AND SIGNS BUT THEY ARE REAL AND ARE JUST AS DISTRESSING AND PAINFFUL AS THE REAL ORGANIC SYMPTOMS.

    That’s why all these patients must be adequately and correctly treated with sympathy and empathy, best by qualified psychologist and not just ignored.

    Note: The latest outbreak of so-called gas poisoning in June 2019 can be tentatively diagnosed as a possible case of mass hysteria as it fulfils all the medical criteria for the diagnosis.

    ♥ ♥ The previous outbreak in March 2019 may be a REAL GAS POISONING event as poisonous chemicals and gas were indeed detected at that time.

    ♥ ♥ Note: Panic attacks occurring within the same time or within a short time in a group of people where there is no organic or physical cause IS A FORM OF MASS HYSTERIA.

    For instance if a panic attack occurs in a group of people when a bomb is thrown at them, then it is not a mass hysteria but rather a normal reaction.

    But if for no reason panic suddenly erupt among a group of patients, then it is a type of mass hysteria.

    Even if there is a precipitating cause like in one of the mass hysteria case seen in the video below where a frog was found in the school and this started a severe panic attack, then it is still a form of mass hysteria because the reaction is grossly inappropriate to the stimulus.

    ♥ MEDICAL DEFINITION OF MASS HYSTERIA

    A synchronous appearance in a group of people of a condition characterized by anxiety, irrational behaviour or beliefs, or inexplicable symptoms of illness where an organic cause cannot be found.
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    Clinical findings include
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    Nausea, vomiting, loss of consciousness, vertigo, headache, shortness of breath,
    fainting,
    screaming, shaking, crying, muscle weakness, hyperventilation leading to alkalosis with paraesthesia (pins and needles) in the fingers and cramps of the hands and legs.

    ♥ MASS HYSTERIA
    ♥ Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary

    1. spontaneous, en masse development of identical physical and/or emotional
    symptoms among a group of people, as seen in a classroom of schoolchildren;

    2. a socially contagious frenzy of irrational behavior in a group of people as a reaction
    to an event.

    ♥ MASS HYSTERIA
    .
    ♥ The American Heritage® Medical Dictionary
    .
    A condition in which a large group of people exhibit similar physical or emotional
    symptoms, such as anxiety or extreme excitement.
    .

    ♥ MASS HYSTERIA
    .

    ♥ Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing
    .

    1. Simultaneous identical physical or emotional symptoms among a group of people.

    2. A socially contagious frenzy of irrational behavior in a group of people as a reaction to an event.

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