Tar balls still an issue of Deepwater Horizon oil spill

Posted on April 5th, 2012 1 Comment

After the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010, officials have stated that balls of tar continue to wash up on the shore, especially after recent storms. Scientists have stated that this could be an issue, because they may contain deadly bacteria.

Researchers from Auburn University stated that tar balls found months after the spill contained high levels of Vibrio vulnificus. This type of bacteria is the leading cause fatal seafood-borne illness.

This type of illness has a fatality rate of anywhere from 20 to 30 percent of people who contract it. Officials have stated that people who live in the Gulf coast area should avoid these tar balls, especially if they have open wounds or weak immune systems. These tar balls are what is still left from the nearly 4.9 billion gallons of oil that spilled into the ocean as a result of the sinking of the oil rig.

If you or a loved one has suffered financially from the Gulf Oil spill and you have not been compensated fro your losses, contact the Gulf Oil spill lawyers of Williams Hart today by calling 800-821-1544 today.

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