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Louisiana Reports 334 Blame Illnesses on Spill

August 3, 2010
Louisiana''s Department of Health and Hospitals says 334 people have reported illnesses blamed on oil or dispersants from the BP PLC Gulf of Mexico oil spill, reports the Associated Press. The figures include 250 people involved in spill cleanup or offshore work, and 84 people in the general public. DHH says doctors cannot verify reported exposures. Common complaints include headache, dizziness, nausea, weakness or fatigue, and throat irritation. The department summarizes reports of visits to doctors and emergency rooms, treatment by ambulance crews and calls to hot lines and poison control centers.