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June 1st, 2010
11:21 AM ET

'Money is killing us,' Gulf fisherman says

Elizabeth Cohen
CNN Senior Medical Correspondent

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The latest health risk in the Gulf of Mexico is an abundance of money, says one Louisiana fisherman.

“Money,” says Clint Guidry, acting president of the Louisiana Shrimp Association, “is killing us.”

BP is paying fishermen up to $3,000 a day to help clean up the oil, according to a contract between BP and one of the fishermen obtained by CNN.

He says the nine fishermen who were brought to the hospital while working for BP are unwilling to talk because they fear losing their jobs. The men suffered symptoms such as shortness of breath, irritated nasal passages, nausea and headaches.

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