Louisiana DHH Releases Oil Spill-Related Exposure Information
BATON ROUGE (July 27, 2010) - Three hundred and twenty-four oil spill exposure-related cases have been reported to the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) to date, according to its eighth surveillance report released today. Two hundred and forty-one of those cases involved workers on oil rigs or workers involved in the oil spill clean-up efforts, while 83 were reported by the general public.
The Department is gathering data reported through its surveillance network of doctors, clinics, emergency care locations and medical facilities, which are reporting illnesses and injuries related to the oil spill for the ongoing database. Each exposure-related complaint is followed up on by DHH Office of Public Health staff.
This week's report also includes updated summaries of air surveillance data generated by state and federal agencies, including the EPA, the Center for Toxicology and Environmental Health, a private company working with BP and the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality. Seafood testing results, which were included in previous reports, will now be issued in a separate report to be issued on Tuesdays. The new seafood safety report will include detailed data on tests conducted on oysters, finfish, crab and shrimp harvested from Gulf waters.
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