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Epidemic carbon monoxide poisoning following a winter storm.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  9279697     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Hospital emergency departments were surveyed to estimate the number of patients treated for carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning after a severe winter storm disrupted electrical service in western Washington State. At least 81 persons were treated. The two main sources of CO were charcoal briquettes (54% of cases) and gasoline-powered electrical generators (40% of cases). Of the 44 persons affected by CO from burning charcoal, 40 (91%) were members of ethnic minority groups; 27 did not speak English. All persons affected by CO from generators were non-Hispanic Whites. This was the largest epidemic of storm-related CO poisoning reported in the United States. This epidemic demonstrated the need to anticipate CO poisoning as a possible consequence of winter storms in cold climates and to make preventive messages understandable to the entire population at risk, including those persons who do not understand written or spoken English.
P M Houck; N B Hampson
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of emergency medicine     Volume:  15     ISSN:  0736-4679     ISO Abbreviation:  J Emerg Med     Publication Date:    1997 Jul-Aug
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1997-10-22     Completed Date:  1997-10-22     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8412174     Medline TA:  J Emerg Med     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  469-73     Citation Subset:  IM    
Office of Health Care Studies, Health Care Financing Administration, Seattle, Washington 98121, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Aged, 80 and over
Air Pollution, Indoor / adverse effects*
Asia / ethnology
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning / epidemiology*,  prevention & control
Child, Preschool
Communication Barriers
Disease Outbreaks*
Ethnic Groups
Health Education
Middle Aged
Washington / epidemiology
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Comment In:
J Emerg Med. 1997 Jul-Aug;15(4):531-2   [PMID:  9279709 ]

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