Health Surveillance - State of Alabama
UPDATE: This information is current as of August 4, 2010, 9:00 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 (July 11 – July 17)
In the surveyed facilities, 11 patients reported that they might have either breathed fumes from the oil or touched the oil. Skin irritation, eye irritation, headache, nausea, vomiting, and upper and lower respiratory symptoms were among the symptoms reported by one or more of these patients. These additional eleven patients bring the total to 72 patients reporting possible exposure to oil since May 17.