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Seven workers of the Gulf oil spill cleanup are hospitalized

NEW ORLEANS (WKOW) -- Doctors say seven oil cleanup workers who were hospitalized likely had chemical irritation and dehydration from long hours from long hours working in the heat.

The workers told doctors they believe chemicals used to break up the oil made them sick.

Authorities say the workers became ill Wednesday while cleaning up oil in Breton Sound, southeast of New Orleans.

Officials ordered all 125 commercial boats working the cleanup there to leave the area. It was not clear whether boats had returned Thursday.

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