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Officials investigate brain tumor that killed 3 children

Mississippi officials say an investigation is ongoing to determine if children in one city are more at risk for developing a rare brain tumor that has killed three in less than a decade.

Posted: Dec. 12, 2017 2:43 PM
Updated: Dec. 12, 2017 2:43 PM

OCEAN SPRINGS, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi officials say an investigation is ongoing to determine if children in one city are more at risk for developing a rare brain tumor that has killed three in less than a decade.

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The Sun Herald quotes Gov. Phil Bryant's spokesman, Clay Chandler, in a Saturday report as saying both the state Health and Environmental Quality departments have found no evidence of any "imminent risk to public health and the environment" in Ocean Springs.

Since 2010, three Ocean Springs children, 8-year-old Sophia Mohler, 6-year-old Jaxon Schoenberger and 7-year-old Sophia Ann Myers, have died from diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma, or DIPG, which has no known cause or cure. The most recent diagnosis was Myers' in February. She died Oct. 20.

Each family lived within a 25-mile (40-kilometer) radius when their child was diagnosed.

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