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Carbon monoxide poisoning in Nigeria - it is time to pay attention

P.E Iribhogbe
F.O Erah


Background: Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colourless, odourless gas and a cause of thousands of deaths across the world annually but its lethal consequences often go unrecognized, especially in developing countries.

Aim: To discuss the subject of CO poisoning using local examples.

Methods: Information was drawn from local media reports and relevant literature. A literature search was done using Medline and Embase.

Result: CO poisoning is underestimated in Nigeria.

Conclusion: CO poisoning, although silent, is a major public health problem in Nigeria. It is indeed time to pay attention.

Keywords: Carbon monoxide, Poisoning, Toxin, Nigeria.