Gulf Spill compromises air quality and sickens 560 plus people. Reports from AFP, an Austin, Texas based air filtration and purification company have indicated 160 spill crew workers and 400 beachgoers in Escambia County, Florida received medical treatment for upper and lower respiratory problems, headaches, nausea, and eye irritation since the April 20, 2010 oil leak began. AFP confirmed that in a month's time, the incidence of spill related complications rose from 24 to 560 people with an expected 23% rise by August, which could bring 12,800 addtional cases of illness related to air quality.
The oil spilling into the Gulf combined with smoke from fires set to handle the spill, contains chemicals like Benzene, Methane, Hydrogen Sulfide, and other known carcinogens. Dispersing agents like Corexit, which contains Butoxyethonal, combined with smoke from containment fires, release trace amounts of Aresenic, Mercury, Cadmium, Chromium, and Cyanide.
California University studied samples of air throughout the Gulf and found harmful and concentrated amounts of VOC's and soot, with crude oil evaporation levels exceeding air quality safety standards. The air quality within the Gulf is significantly dangerous, if not potentially life threatening. Residents surrounding the Gulf could suffer from DNA mutations, suppressed immune system function, and blood diseases like leukemia upon exposure to the toxic air.
Residents living near the Gulf, especially infants, children, and people sensitive to chemicals, have been advised to remain indoors, use air purifiers, and avoid exposure to soot and outdoor air.