2010 Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill
CDC Response to the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill
UPDATE: This information is current as of August 31, 2010 at 4:00pm EDT
CDC and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recognize the importance of responding to potential public health issues related to the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico. CDC’s National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH) initiated the agency’s response on April 20th. CDC activated its Emergency Operations Center (EOC) on May 6th as part of the federal response to the environmental disaster.
UPDATE: This information is current as of September 29, 2010 at 1:00pm EDT
The Gulf Coast Oil Spill has the potential to affect human health in addition to the effects already seen on animal and marine life. CDC, along with the affected Gulf Coast states, has developed a plan to track the potential short-term health effects related to the oil spill in the affected communities.
Studies of Previous Oil Spills
- Page last updated September 9, 2010
- Page last reviewed September 9, 2010
- Content source: National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH)
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