Preparing for possible ill effects from oil spill

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Posted: May 7, 2010 5:16 AM by Andrea Fontenot
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: oil, rig, spill, leak, well, containment, dome, box, environment, BP, Coast Guard, Gulf of Mexico, health, medical, humans

There are a variety of hazards to human health if and when the full brunt of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill washes ashore.

The list of potential threats runs from temporary, minor nuisances such as runny noses and headaches to long-term risks such as cancer if contaminated seafood ends up in the marketplace.

Both state and federal public health agencies are monitoring air quality, drinking water supplies and seafood processing plants and advising people to take precautions.

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