Alabama officials charting oil spill health concerns

Published 11:26 pm Wednesday, July 7, 2010

MOBILE (AP) — Alabama Department of Public Health officials say dozens of people around the state have turned up in emergency rooms with complaints of ailments thought related to the oil spill.

Officials reported Wednesday that at least 58 people have gone to local emergency rooms, clinics and urgent care centers since May 14 with such complaints.

Thirty-four of the patients complaining of oil-caused symptoms were exposed via inhalation, 17 by contact, three through ingestion and four patients reported multiple exposures.

Health officials are monitoring the statistics across the state to chart effects related to the spill at more than 20 sites in Mobile and Baldwin counties.