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Carbon-monoxide poisoning: not just a garage phenomenon.


Physicians from the Eastern Virginia Graduate School of Medicine in Norfold announced that carbon-monoxide toxicity may occur outdoors under the right conditions. Ordinarily, the poisoning has been associated with such activities as starting a car in a poorly ventilated, enclosed area. Their example was that of a teenager who had been lifting logs and splitting them into firewood using a gasoline-powered hydraulic machine. The boy became fatigued, complained of headache and nausea, and was taken to an emergency room. Blood levels indicated the presence of carbon-monoxide toxicity. (New England Journal of Medicine, June 8, 1989; 320:23:1564.)
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Date:Aug 1, 1989
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