SHOCK?: 15 percent of Gulf Coast adults report respiratory problems and other physical symptoms from BP ‘oil spill’

"Researchers at Columbia University’s National Center for Disaster Preparedness interviewed over 1,200 adults living within 10 miles of the Gulf Coast in Louisiana and Mississippi, in collaboration with the Children’s Health Fund and The Marist Poll of Poughkeepsie, NY. The survey [was] conducted by telephone in July after the Deepwater Horizon well was capped":

Over 40% of adults living within ten miles of the coast said they have experienced direct exposure to the oil spill or clean-up effort. Within this group, nearly 40% reported physical symptoms of skin irritations and respiratory problems, which they attributed to the oil spill.

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