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Wi-Fi Allergy Sufferer Awarded Disability Payments in France

posted: 08/31/15
by: Discovery.com Staff
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A French court has awarded a monthly disability stipend to a woman who claims to suffer from a Wi-Fi allergy.

Officially known as electromagnetic hypersensitivity (EHS), the woman's condition has driven her to isolation in the mountains of southwest France, away from Wi-Fi-saturated urban centers.

The 39-year-old former radio producer can now claim 500 euros per month for three years. She called the ruling a "breakthrough" for EHS sufferers.

Wired UK points out that "the ruling does not mean that EHS is formally considered an illness."

The World Health Organization recognizes EHS, although it disputes the condition's cause: "EHS is characterized by a variety of non-specific symptoms that differ from individual to individual. The symptoms are certainly real and can vary widely in their severity. Whatever its cause, EHS can be a disabling problem for the affected individual," the organization said in a fact sheet.

"EHS has no clear diagnostic criteria and there is no scientific basis to link EHS symptoms to EMF exposure. Further, EHS is not a medical diagnosis, nor is it clear that it represents a single medical problem."

H/T The Independent

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