Valdez Crud

A generic term coined in the wake of the Exxon Valdez oil spill in 1989 that encompasses symptoms of crude oil overexposure—nausea, vomiting, headaches, or cold or flu-like symptoms, CNS complaints (headaches, nausea, dizziness, brain damage), kidney and liver disease, and possibly genetic damage
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Almost from the start, however, workers employed by Exxon contractors complained of respiratory problems and flu-like symptoms, which became known as the "Valdez Crud." "Everybody was coming down with something," says Potter.