Via the Poison Control Center website, www.AAPCC.org
As of 4:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 13, 2010, U.S. poison centers have taken the following number of calls regarding the Gulf Oil spill:
740 exposure calls (calls that involve someone being exposed to an oil-spill related toxin, be it oil, dispersant, food contamination or other associated toxin.)
Poison centers have taken exposure calls from the following states or countries: Alabama, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas and Virginia.
Of those, Louisiana has received the most calls: 220, followed by Florida (193) Alabama (169), and Mississippi (89).
Most exposures so far have been via inhalation, though dermal exposure is also commonly reported. Most common symptoms reported have included: headaches, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, throat irritation, eye pain, coughing/choking and dizziness.