Aug. 16, 2010: The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico poses serious health risks for the people who are working to clean it up and others who venture into the coastal area, scientists say in a commentary in The Journal of the American Medical Association.
Some components of oil called volatile organic compounds may cause respiratory irritation and nervous system disorders, according to the commentary by Gina M. Solomon, MD, MPH, and Sarah Janssen, MD, PhD, MPH, both of the University of California, San Francisco.
Skin contact with oil and dispersants may cause dermatitis and increase the risk of skin infections, the authors say.
Those at risk include fishermen, cleanup workers, volunteers, and members of communities along the coast of the Gulf of Mexico, the authors write.
According to the commentary, seafood, including fish and shellfish, may become contaminated by hydrocarbons from the oil. Trace amounts of cadmium, mercury, and lead in oil can accumulate in the tissues of fish over time, posing a health hazard with ingestion. Keep reading at the SOURCE
Wonder why Obama picked Florida for he and his daughter to go swimming? Could it be to try and get votes for the democrats in Florida? Looks as if Obama will do or say anything to get votes. Why didn’t he go to the main area of the damage such as the Louisiana Beaches? No! He picked Florida the least damaged area!