Attention Healthcare Public Relations & PR Professionals: CDC Tracking (Possible) Gulf Oil Spill Health Effects in Four States

Health Surveillance Underway — A Heads-up for Medical Group Marketing, Family Practices, General Practices, and Hospitals.

Four State Gulf Coast Region

Here’s a brief news note for healthcare professionals that’s worth repeating. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is watching for potential short-term health effects that may be related to the offshore oil spill near four Gulf Coast states.

CDC surveillance systems are tracking changes in the number and severity of illnesses and injuries in a population, alerting public health officials to trends that require further investigation.

According to the CDC’s announcement: “These surveillance systems are being used to track symptoms related to the eyes, skin, and respiratory, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, and neurological systems, including worsening of asthma, cough, chest pain, eye irritation, nausea, and headache.”

The system is intended to alert officials for follow-up that would determine if the symptoms are related or unrelated to the oil spill. The CDC announcement, with updates, is available online.

Stewart Gandolf
Chief Executive Officer & Creative Director at Healthcare Success
Over the years Stewart has personally marketed and consulted for over 1,457 healthcare clients, ranging from private practices to multi-billion dollar corporations. Additionally, he has marketed a variety of America’s leading companies, including Citicorp, J. Walter Thompson, Grubb & Ellis, Bally Total Fitness, Wells Fargo and Chase Manhattan. Stewart co-founded our company, and today acts as Chief Executive Officer and Creative Director. He is also a frequent author and speaker on the topic of healthcare marketing. His personal accomplishments are supported by a loving wife and two beautiful daughters.

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