CDC Public Health Emergency Update: Oil Spill Web Site

CDC’s Oil Spill Web Site ( includes numerous health protection messages. You’ll find information for coastal residents, clinicians, clean up workers, and others.

Information for coastal residents includes fact sheets on potential health effects of oil dispersants, exposure to oil, and protection steps for the public.
Information for clean-up workers includes steps for reducing occupational exposures while working with dispersants during the Gulf Oil Spill response, preventing heat stress, and sun exposure.

Information for Health Care Professionals includes information about potential health effects of dispersants, health surveillance information, taking an exposure history, and health effects of exposure to crude oil.


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