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CHP appeals to public to take precautionary measures against carbon monoxide poisoning
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     The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health today (December 16) appealed to members of the public to take precautionary measures against carbon monoxide poisoning as a notification of a suspected case of carbon monoxide poisoning was received from Pok Oi Hospital (POH) yesterday (December 15).

     The case involved a 29-year-old woman, who was found unconscious when she had a shower inside the bathroom at home yesterday. She was sent to POH and was later transferred to Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital for treatment. She is now in stable condition. A preliminary investigation revealed that the exhaust fan in the bathroom was not turned on during the shower.

     The CHP said that carbon monoxide is a colourless, odourless and tasteless gas which is a by-product from incomplete combustion of any fuel which contains carbon, such as wood, natural gas and gasoline.

     Exposure to a low concentration of carbon monoxide can lead to a range of symptoms such as dizziness, headache, tiredness and nausea; whereas exposure to a high concentration of carbon monoxide can lead to impaired vision, disturbed co-ordination, unconsciousness, brain damage or even death.

     ‚ÄčThe CHP reminded members of the public that if a gas water heater is being used, it should be used in a well-ventilated area and with regular maintenance. People should seek medical attention immediately if suspected of developing symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning.
 
Ends/Friday, December 16, 2022
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