Study finds high incidence of respiratory problems in oil spill cleanup workers

Posted by Mike Confino, April 21, 2015

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Thousands of people who were hired to help clean up after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill are experiencing problems with their respiratory systems that may be tied to their exposure to the oil, according to an ongoing government study of the spill’s health impacts.

The incidence of wheezing and coughing among cleanup workers that BP hired was 20 to 30 percent higher than among the general public, Dale Sandler, chief of the epidemiology branch of the National Institutes of Health, said Friday.

via Study finds high incidence of respiratory problems in oil spill cleanup workers | Tampa Bay Times.

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