Physician: Many more people are sick from suspected oil-related illnesses but scared to speak out or seek medical help


Locals air worries on spill’s health effects, Daily Comet, April 10, 2011:

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Andy LeBoeuf, an arborist from Gheens, believes his lingering sore throat, difficulty breathing and short-term memory loss can be traced back to his four months working out of Leeville for BP on his 24-foot skiff.

“We never had respirators,” said LeBoeuf, who briefly worked in the oilfield after high school. “I was sick for two months.” ...

“If this has a long-term effect, what are we going to do?” he said.

LeBoeuf was one of several spill workers who gave their testimonies on the lawn of Dr. Mike Robichaux, a Raceland ear, nose and throat doctor who is seeing a trend of symptoms in his patients, especially those who have worked on or in the Gulf of Mexico since the spill a year ago.

Of the more than 100 people at the gathering, about 20 to 25 people are suffering from suspected oil-related illnesses, according to Robichaux. Many more are sick but scared to speak out or seek medical help, he said. ...

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