BP Stock Rebounds, Media Moves on, But Gulf Residents Are Bracing for a Mammoth Health Crisis from the Spill, AlterNet, November 5, 2010:
[C]oastal residents not involved in the cleanup have also been sickened by the oil and dispersants.
Even before the slick began moving inshore, [Chemist Wilma] Subra explained, many people were exposed to the aerosol formed when the crude was pushed up into the air by high winds and heavy seas.
As the dispersants began being applied, they mixed into this aerosol as well, followed then by the toxic brew of the controlled burns of oil on the water, all of which drifted to populations along the coast.
"A huge number of people on the coast were exposed to this aerosol," Subra said, adding that this issue has received even less attention than the health impact to the cleanup workers.