|Document ID (ISN)||110681|
|ISSN - Serial title
||0098-7484 - Journal of the American Medical Association
|Convention or series no.
||Solomon G.M., Janssen S.
||Health effects of Gulf oil spill
||8 Sep. 2010, Vol.304, No.10, p.1118-1119. 10 ref.
||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.
||environmental pollution; petroleum and natural gas industry; offshore oil extraction; spills; health hazards; disasters
||USA; food contamination; aromatic hydrocarbons; polycyclic hydrocarbons; Crustacea; fish; volatile substances; cancer; skin absorption; public OSH institutions; expectant mothers; children; stress factors
||D - Periodical articles
|Broad subject area(s)
||Cancer and carcinogens
Petroleum and natural gas industry
Mental stress and burnout