Volume 88 Issue 27 | pp. 21-22
Issue Date: July 5, 2010

Health Risks In The Gulf

Experts call for long-term monitoring, coordination to address human health effects of BP oil spill
Department: Government & Policy | Collection: Disaster in Gulf
News Channels: Environmental SCENE
Keywords: BP oil spill, health impacts

As tar balls wash up on Gulf Coast shores, workers, volunteers, residents, and tourists are all asking the same questions: Is it safe to swim in the Gulf of Mexico? Is it safe to eat the local seafood? Is it safe to drink the water? And even, is it safe to breathe the air?

Public health experts and federal agencies are scrambling to answer those questions quickly, but they have limited resources and little data . . .

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