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Gulf spill workers complaining of flulike symptoms

Von: pautrey (rpautrey2@gmail.com) [Profil]
Datum: 06.06.2010 02:19
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Newsgroup: alt.health
Gulf spill workers complaining of flulike symptoms


By NOAKI SCHWARTZ and MATTHEW BROWN (AP)  2 days ago

NEW ORLEANS  For days now, Dr. Damon Dietrich and other physicians
have seen patients come through their emergency room at West Jefferson
Medical Center with similar symptoms: respiratory problems, headaches
and nausea.

In the past week, 11 workers who have been out on the water cleaning
up oil from BP's blown-out well have been treated for what Dietrich
calls "a pattern of symptoms" that could have been caused by the
burning of crude oil, noxious fumes from the oil or the dispersants
dumped in the Gulf to break it up. All workers were treated and
released.

"One person comes in, it could be multiple things," he said. "Eleven
people come in with these symptoms, it makes it incredibly
suspicious."

Few studies have examined long-term health effects of oil exposure.
But some of the workers trolling Gulf Coast beaches and heading out
into the marshes and waters have complained about flu-like symptoms 
a similar complaint among crews deployed for the 1989 Exxon Valdez
spill in Alaska.

BP and U.S. Coast Guard officials have said dehydration, heat, food
poisoning or other unrelated factors may have caused the workers'
symptoms. The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals is
investigating.

Brief contact with small amounts of light crude oil and dispersants
are not harmful. Swallowing small amounts of oil can cause upset
stomach, vomiting and diarrhea. Long-term exposure to dispersants,
however, can cause central nervous system problems, or do damage to
blood, kidneys or livers, according to the Centers For Disease Control
and Prevention.


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