What Health Care Providers Should Know about Potential Health Hazards from the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill [open pdf - 471KB]
"The Gulf Coast Oil Spill has the potential to affect human health. Signs and symptoms are possible depending on the substance exposed to, the exposure dose, and route of exposure. Although a variety of hydrocarbon products produced from petroleum have specific toxic effects, the toxicity of crude light petroleum itself to humans is relatively low. (Stellman 2007) This may be due, in part, to the lower concentrations of individual fractions in crude oil as compared to the higher concentrations expected in refined products."
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: http://www.cdc.gov/