New Orleans—Since the oil spill began in April, hundreds of people have gotten sick. That's according to a new report from the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals.
The report says 324 people have reported oil spill related illnesses. A majority of those are oil spill clean-up workers but almost 100 are everyday people who say they were so sick, they had to seek medical attention.
The report also states that it wasn't until four weeks after the explosion on the Deepwater Horizon that the first cases of human exposure starting trickling in. The most common complaints are headache, dizziness, nausea and throat irritation. Almost 91 people who reported these symptoms called the state's poison center hotline to receive help....but the majority went straight to an emergency room.
Orleans Parish had a total of 27 cases while Lafourche had 35.
And these hot temperatures we're experiencing aren't helping things as heat was listed as the number one cause for exposure to oil fumes that made people sick.