Health Surveillance - State of Alabama
UPDATE: This information is current as of June 9, 2010, 6:00 PM ET
Alabama has implemented surveillance in coastal area emergency departments, urgent care facilities and community health centers. The system is designed to detect cases among people in the impacted area (Baldwin and Mobile Counties) who seek health care because they have signs and symptoms that they believe are oil-related. Exposure to oil, as listed in these reports, might not be the cause of a person's symptoms.
This system has two purposes: 1) to have a system in place to detect cases of acute (short-term) illness related to exposure to oil if they begin to occur; and 2) to track the healthcare system for increases in visits due to actual or perceived health effects related to the oil spill.
Alabama is analyzing these data daily so that response decisions can be made with the most current information.
Findings (May 16 – May 22)
In the surveyed facilities, one patient with respiratory symptoms reported that he/she might have been exposed to the oil.