Saturday, September 25, 2010

Oil spill related health visits grow

Oil spill related health visits grow

The Associated Press
Published: Friday, September 24, 2010 at 7:12 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, September 24, 2010 at 7:12 p.m.
The number of Alabama residents reporting suspected oil-related health effects from the Gulf of Mexico is growing.

Alabama Department of Public Health authorities say at least 268 people have gone to local emergency rooms, clinics and urgent care centers since May 14.
Fifty-seven of the patients complaining of oil-caused symptoms were exposed via inhalation, 39 by contact, five through ingestion, nine patients reported multiple exposures, and 158 were exposed indirectly.
Indirect exposures include heat exhaustion during cleanup efforts or mental health concerns such as anxiety or depression.
There were about 97,156 patients treated for non-trauma care overall during the same period.
Information from: Press-Register,


  1. Is Alabama the only place with these health reports? I am seriously considering leaving Florida. This is insane. Other than what is being done, what else should be done? Please keep posting, I try to stay alert to what is going on and there seems to be no real information available anywhere. This is all very scary.

  2. It is scary. We do need more info. Several people I know have been having health issues here in Florida.

  3. I left Fl. with a written excuse from an E.R. Dr. Eyes burning, throat burning, headache & nausea, along with breathing problems.
    I feel it will be unsafe in Fl. for a very long time to come. When it is in the sand, it is also in the ground & ground water supply, affecting everyone & everything grown in Florida. Some health problems take time to develop, & by the time they do Drs. will possibly deny the cause as being BP spill.
    I continue to suffer after leaving the State.
    I should have left sooner!


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