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Document ID (ISN)110681
CIS number 10-0256
ISSN - Serial title 0098-7484 - Journal of the American Medical Association
Year 2010
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Solomon G.M., Janssen S.
Title Health effects of Gulf oil spill
Bibliographic information 8 Sep. 2010, Vol.304, No.10, p.1118-1119. 10 ref.
Abstract This article identifies four main health hazards associated with the Gulf of Mexico oil spill: vapours from oil chemicals and dispersants in the air; skin damage from direct contact with tar balls or contaminated water; potential cancer or other long-term health risks from consumption of contaminated seafood; mental health problems of depression, anxiety, and self-destructive behaviour due to stress. It is too soon to know if there will be any long-term respiratory effects. Seafood safety is probably the biggest concern right now with the new fishery re-openings, particularly for vulnerable populations such as pregnant women, children and subsistence fish consumers. The authors ask the Food and Drug Administration to review their methods of assessing seafood safety and to make all their data on seafood safety publicly available.
Descriptors (primary) environmental pollution; petroleum and natural gas industry; offshore oil extraction; spills; health hazards; disasters
Descriptors (secondary) USA; food contamination; aromatic hydrocarbons; polycyclic hydrocarbons; Crustacea; fish; volatile substances; cancer; skin absorption; public OSH institutions; expectant mothers; children; stress factors
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Environmental pollution
Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Cancer and carcinogens
Mental health
Air pollution
Aromatic hydrocarbons
Environmental pollution
Petroleum and natural gas industry
Polycyclic hydrocarbons
Mental stress and burnout