Deepwater Horizon Clean-up Workers Report Chronic Health Problems, Fire Chief Magazine (est. 1956), October 13, 2010:
Deepwater Horizon oil-spill responders already are reporting chronic health problems that may be associated with toxicant-induced loss of tolerance (TILT) disease, said Claudia Miller, a professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio....
“Stage 1 of TILT is having flu-like symptoms,” she said. “Stage 2 is when lots of different exposures trigger symptoms and perpetuate illness.”
Symptoms can involve every organ system, and oil spill responders reported difficulty breathing, headaches, fatigue, sleep difficulties, confusion, memory and concentration problems, irritability and mood changes. Also reported were new intolerances, including feeling ill after exposure to diesel- or gas- engine exhaust, fragrances, or cleaning products.
“We think these new intolerances people develop — very pronounced — having major symptoms like difficulty concentrating, mood, fatigue and affecting other organ systems — that those changes are the hallmark symptoms … of TILT,” Miller said.