Anecdotes suggest post-Gulf spill health issues

Andrew Van Dam

About Andrew Van Dam

Andrew Van Dam of The Wall Street Journal previously worked at the AHCJ offices while earning his master’s degree at the Missouri School of Journalism.

With the help of Spot.us, Glynn Wilson gathered anecdotes that point to a set of symptoms he’s calling the “BP crud,” affecting residents of the Gulf Coast who were exposed to chemicals in the wake of the BP oil spill. It’s too early for research to clearly demonstrate the health consequences of the spill, and Wilson’s story is as much a tale of locals fighting for recognition as it is one of medical malfeasance. [Update: The full story is here.]

He carefully captures the growing outrage of a local group, as well as the efforts of a small number of pharmacists, physicians and labs, and how it’s all leading to a grassroots effort to bring attention, research and treatment to the post-spill ill.

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