Carbon monoxide levels rising in Ontario for 5th straight day, health officials say

More than 1,000 cases of carbon monoxide poisoning have been reported in Ontario in the past five days, and the cause of the leak that began on Feb. 9 remains unclear. The fine mist of carbon monoxide, normally stored in the exhaust system, can seep into a closed building and cause death if no one hears a noise. Cars and trucks are most dangerous because gas cylinders can be easily plugged in and stolen, said Dr. Michael McConville of Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children, in a CNN report. Hospital officials are reportedly treating patients in an air-conditioned room. McConville told CNN the hospital has set up a hotline for concerned residents to call.

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“People don’t realize how severe carbon monoxide poisoning can be,” McConville told CNN. “There’s no antidote, and carbon monoxide poisoning can be deadly even if you have no symptoms.”

Carbon monoxide, commonly referred to as CO-19, is easily confused with mild carbon dioxide gas. A chlorophyll-heavy DEP, CO-19 is generated when warm exhaust fumes from boilers, stoves, small appliances, and other sources of energy penetrate insulated materials. Further, carbon monoxide was the cause of an infant’s death in New York last year, CNN reported.

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While the number of CO-19 cases in Ontario on Thursday rose to about 1,000, the government did not report any deaths.

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