May 7, 2010 8:39 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5
State and federal authorities are preparing to deal with a variety of hazards to human health if and when the full brunt of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill washes ashore.
The list of potential threats runs from temporary, minor nuisances such as runny noses and headaches to long-term risks such as cancer if contaminated seafood ends up in the marketplace.
While waiting to see how bad things will get, public health agencies are monitoring air quality, drinking water supplies and seafood processing plants and advising people to take precautions.
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