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Gulf spill workers complaining of flulike symptoms

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Posted: Jun 3, 2010 5:25 AM by Andrea Fontenot
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: workers, oil, spill, flu, DHH, Louisiana, West Jefferson Medical Center, Gulf of Mexico, BP, Coast Guard

Eleven workers who were cleaning up oil in the Gulf of Mexico have been treated for flulike symptoms that could be related to the oil.

Dr. Damon Dietrich says he has seen patients come through his emergency room at West Jefferson Medical Center with respiratory problems, headaches and nausea.

All were treated and released.

He says 11 people coming in with the same symptoms make him suspicious.

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.

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