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Gulf spill workers complaining of flulike symptoms

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A emergency room doctor at Louisiana's West Jefferson Medical Center says he's seen 11 patients come through in the last week with similar respiratory problems, headaches and nausea.

The 11 had all been working in the Gulf of Mexico cleaning up oil.

BP and the Coast Guard have said dehydration, heat, food poisoning or other factors may be the cause, but the doctor says he sees "a pattern of symptoms" that could have been caused by noxious fumes, the burning of crude oil or the dispersants being used to break it up.

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