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