Health Surveillance - State of Alabama
UPDATE: This information is current as of July 21, 2010, 12:00 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 may be oil-related. Exposure to oil, as listed in these reports, might not be the cause of a person's symptoms.
Alabama is analyzing these data daily so that response decisions can be made with the most current information.
Findings (June 27 – July 3)
In the surveyed facilities, 16 patients reported that they might have either breathed fumes from the oil or touched the oil. Skin rashes, eye irritation, and upper and lower respiratory symptoms were among the symptoms reported by one or more of these patients. These additional six patients bring the total to 45 patients reporting possible exposure to oil since May 23.