334 in Louisiana Blame Illness on Oil Spill

Clean up crews work on Pensacola Beach in Pensacola Fla., Sunday, July 11, 2010. Florida Gov. Charlie Crist and members of the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling held a meeting with officials and representatives from the panhandle at the Santa Rosa Island Authority on Pensacola Beach. Due to time constraints the site visit to walk on Pensacola Beach was canceled. The commission visited affected coastal communities in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida during the weekend. (AP Photo/Michael Spooneybarger)
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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.

The figures released Monday include 250 people - or about three-quarters of the total - involved in spill cleanup or offshore work, and 84 people in the general public.

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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.

Those often come in weeks after a visit, so Monday's figures cannot show whether numbers have dropped since July 15, when a cap blocked the flow of oil.

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