Posted: Jun 28, 2010 5:36 PM by Melissa Canone
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Louisiana's Department of Health and
Hospitals says 162 people - including 128 cleanup workers - have
reported health complaints they believe were caused by exposure to
oil spill pollutants since April 20.
It says the most common symptoms are headache, nausea and throat
irritation, and some people have multiple symptoms.
The department says 19 cleanup or oil rig workers and two people
from the general public were hospitalized, generally for one day.
It says 104 cleanup workers went to emergency rooms or urgent
care clinics, 21 went to regular doctors, and two phoned with
questions. It says 21 other people called, seven went to an
emergency department or urgent care clinic, and six saw their
regular doctor or clinic.
The department says it cannot verify exposure.