Oil Spill Information for Nurses from the CDC

In response to 2010 Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill, we would like to provide you with the following information. If you have any questions on these or other clinical issues, write to us at coca@cdc.gov.

Health Surveillance

The Gulf Coast Oil Spill has the potential to affect human health in addition to the effects already seen on animal and marine life. CDC, along with the affected Gulf Coast states, has developed a plan to track the potential short-term health effects related to the oil spill in the affected communities.

CDC, with state and local health departments, is conducting surveillance across the five Gulf States for health effects possibly related to the oil spill using national and state-based surveillance systems. Those systems include the following:

National Poison Data System (NPDS)

CDC has an agreement with the American Association of Poison Control Center's NPDS to track calls related to the oil spill-including information calls and potential exposures-for 60 Poison Centers (PCs) in all 50 states. CDC requested that Poison Centers in Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, and Mississippi, assign a temporary code to any calls related to the oil spill. This enables CDC to track the number of Poison Center calls and potential health effects. The data are also being provided to the states so that they can follow up as needed.

For more information on the American Association of Poison Control Centers:http://www.aapcc.org/DNN/


BioSense is a national program that conducts quick surveillance of health information, and enables public health officials to track changes in a population's health status through access to existing data from healthcare organizations across the country. Biosense includes 86 coastal healthcare facilities in the five Gulf states (Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas) and staff are watching for specific syndromes (groupings of signs and symptoms) that could be related to the oil spill.

For more information on Biosense: https://www.cdc.gov/biosense/

State Surveillance

Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, and Mississippi are using state-based surveillance systems to track oil spill-related health effects that might be related to occupational or non-occupational exposure. The states and CDC are collecting data from sources such as emergency departments, urgent care facilities, and poison centers for evaluation. States and CDC are regularly sharing data and summaries with each other.

For More Information on Health Surveillance including the most recent findings visit:https://emergency.cdc.gov/gulfoilspill2010/2010gulfoilspill/health_surveillance.asp

Additional Oil Spill Resources

These are just a few resources that can keep everyone informed about the ongoing response. You'll find information for coastal residents, clinicians, clean up workers, and others at CDC's Oil Spill Web site.


On-Demand Resources Available

The transcript, audio and additional resources from the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill COCA Conference Call (June 3, 2010) are now available online!

CDC Gulf Oil Spill Webpage


Information for Health Care Professionals

Information for Coastal Residents

Information for Clean-up Workers