Oil Spill Crude Disaster

Jul 26, 2010 9:48 PM by Alison Haynes

324 people have reported illnesses blamed on spill

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana's Department of Health and
Hospitals says 324 people have reported illnesses blamed on oil or
dispersants from the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
That includes 241 people - or about three-quarters of the total
- involved in spill cleanup or offshore work, and 83 people in the
general public.
DHH says doctors cannot verify reported exposures. Common
complaints include headache, dizziness, nausea, weakness or
fatigue, and throat irritation.
The department summarizes reports of visits to doctors and
emergency rooms, treatment by ambulance crews and calls to hot
lines and poison control centers.
Those often come in weeks after a visit. So Monday's figures
cannot show whether the number dropped in the first full week since
July 15, when a cap blocked the flow of oil.

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