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Oil Spills: Health Information Guide



Information by Topic Area

The searches below find resources from two National Library of Medicine databases:

  • Disaster Lit®: links to disaster medicine and public health documents for a professional audience, available on the internet at no cost. Includes expert guidelines, research reports, conference proceedings, training classes, fact sheets, websites, databases, and more.
  • PubMed: more than 28 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. May include links to full-text content from PubMed Central and publisher web sites.

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General Health-Related Information



Responder Safety



Dispersants Info


Multilingual Resources

Resources in Spanish

Resources in Vietnamese


Resources for the General Public

Health information for the general public about hazards, emergencies, and disasters is available in MedlinePlus from the National Library of Medicine. MedlinePlus resources are also available in Spanish.

Related Resources

Crude Oil 
Hazardous Substances Data Bank

ToxFAQs™: Total Petroleum Hydrocarbons (TPH) 
Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry

Oil Spill Hazards 

Petroleum (CAS Registry Number 8002-05-9) 

Crude Oil 

Specific Events 

Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill, 2010 (archive)