U.S. Pipeline Rupture: Oiled wildlife unrecognizable — Kids exposed to ‘very strong’ fumes at school — Doctor talks health dangers (VIDEO)

Published: April 2nd, 2013 at 11:53 am ET
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KATV, April 2, 2013: [...] They have several patients and expect more to continue coming in. All have been ducks but volunteers said they expect to see animals like otters and beavers. Some are covered so thickly in oil that volunteers can’t even tell what kind of duck they are until they’ve finished cleaning the bird. Everyone inside the clinic has to wear protective eyewear, glove and scrubs because of the hazardous chemicals. [...]

KTHV, April 1, 2013: After getting a number of concerns from Mayflower residents, THV 11 News checked into the public health dangers following the recent oil spill. Doctors with State Health Department said their main concern right now is the evacuated neighborhood where the oil spill originated. Outside that area, they feel you’re OK going about your daily routine in Mayflower. But some places, like Mayflower Elementary School, are still taking some precautions to protect our kids. “It seems like it’s getting better each day but definitely very strong,” Mayflower Parent Kala Francis said. [...] Maintenance crews also spent the day cleaning vents. There were also two rounds of air quality tests, which turned out negative. “Now certainly they might smell it, but again, brief exposures should not have any significant health concerns,” Dr. William Mason said. [...]

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