CDC advises “Everyone, including pregnant women” to avoid areas affected by spill; Expert says crude oil contains “some of the most toxic chemicals that we know”


Health Data Gaps, BP Suspicions Worry U.S. Panelists, Bloomberg, June 22, 2010:

Article Excerpts (see Bloomberg for full article)

While they suggest there is no threat, the CDC simultaneously advised "everyone, including pregnant women" to avoid spill-affected areas. ...

"It's completely scientifically dishonest to pooh-pooh the potential here when you are talking about some of the most toxic chemicals that we know," said Kramer, who is founder and president of consulting firm Epidemiology International in Hunt Valley, Maryland. ...

"When you talk about community exposure, you are talking about exposures in unpredictable ways and to subpopulations that may be more highly susceptible than others, such as those of reproductive age, people who are immuno-compromised, children or fetuses. ...

"[W]e have a soup of chemicals from the crude, chemicals from the dispersants and pollutants that were already in the water. Who can say how they will interact?"

http://www.businessweek.com/news/2010-06-22/health-data-gaps-bp-suspicions-worry-u-s-panelists.html

From the CDC's website:

People, including pregnant women, can be exposed to these chemicals by breathing them (air), by swallowing them (water, food), or by touching them (skin). If possible, everyone, including pregnant women, should avoid the oil and spill-affected areas.

12 comments to CDC advises “Everyone, including pregnant women” to avoid areas affected by spill; Expert says crude oil contains “some of the most toxic chemicals that we know”

  • drosera

    If there are real dangers to pregnant women, then why doesn't the CDC put out warnings to be advertised widely on television and radio and the web? Seems like the same assurances that were given following the Twin Towers collapse: Not to worry, everything is fine. Except everything was not fine. Breathing that dust had terrible health consequences. Is the Gulf "spill" just another example of government deceit? Stonewalling the dangers to avoid total economic collapse in the region? Protecting BP from more claims? I simply do not trust the government. It does not have the interests of the people in mind.

  • Falesteeni

    Its time to evacuate the gulf coast the buses are sitting and ready for the orders to evacuate ,If you go to Google earth and look for GREEN COVE SPRINGS REYNOLDS AIR PARK you'll notice HUNDREDS of UN WHITE BUSES lined up on the RUNWAYS this is your ride away from the GULF COAST!

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