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(Santa Ana, Calif.) – In response to the coastal oil spill that occurred on Saturday, OC Health Care Agency (HCA) County Health Officer Dr Clayton Chau released today a health notice to recommend those who may have encountered the contaminated materials. to see a doctor.

“The effects of oil spills on humans can be direct and indirect, depending on the type of contact with the oil spill. People can come into direct contact with petroleum and / or petroleum products while walking in a contaminated area (for example, a beach). Initial irritation will be evident. In addition, contaminants can be absorbed through the skin. Even when an oil burst may not be visible, dispersed and dissolved oil contaminants may exist in the water, ”said Dr Chau. “Please contact your family doctor or call 911 if you have any unwanted symptoms. Currently, we are asking residents to refrain from participating in coastal recreational activities such as swimming, surfing, biking, walking, exercising, collecting, etc.

According to the HCA’s Environmental Health Division, the spilled oil can pose a problem for skin contact and contains volatile components that can evaporate into the air. Depending on their concentration, these air pollutants can travel by wind and aerosols. Petroleum products contain toxic chemicals such as benzene and aromatic hydrocarbons. Prolonged exposure to these chemicals can cause health problems.

Symptoms reported following excessive exposure to oil or dispersants are generally as follows:

  • Irritation of the skin, eyes, nose and throat
  • headache
  • dizziness
  • stomach ache
  • vomiting
  • cough or shortness of breath

Inhalation of toxic oil fumes or other particles of aerosolized petroleum compounds from windblown waves can cause these side effects. The elderly, children, and people with respiratory illnesses such as asthma will be more susceptible to unwanted side effects from inhaling oil vapors. Please contact your family doctor or call 911 if you experience these symptoms when contacting or inhaling the oil fumes.

The HCA, in coordination with local, state and federal authorities, will continue to monitor and keep you informed. In addition to the immediate impact on air pollution, we advise against consuming seafood from personal fishing off the beaches.

For general inquiries regarding health related issues related to this oil spill, please call (714) 834-2000.

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