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Citation

MMWR Morb. Mortal. Wkly. Rep. 1999; 48(32): 705-706.

Copyright

(Copyright © 1999, (in public domain), Publisher U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

DOI

unavailable

PMID

21033180

Abstract

Carbon monoxide (CO) is an odorless, colorless, nonirritating gas produced by the incomplete combustion of carbon-based fuels. CO exposure is responsible for more fatal unintentional poisonings in the United States than any other agent, with the highest incidence occurring during the cold-weather months (1 ). Although most of these deaths occur in residences or motor vehicles (2 ), two incidents among campers in Georgia illustrate the danger of CO in outdoor settings. This report describes the two incidents, which resulted in six deaths, and provides recommendations for avoiding CO poisoning in outdoor settings.


Language: en

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