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Investigation of a home with extremely elevated carbon dioxide levels - West Virginia, December 2003.

Authors
Kreiss-K; Rao-CY; Harrison-JM; Kaydos-Daniels-SC; Benaise-LG
Source
MMWR 2004 Dec; 53(50):1181-1182
NIOSHTIC No.
20026189
Abstract
Investigations of indoor air quality complaints typically focus on mold, water damage, ventilation systems, and combustion byproducts and are guided by the nature of the symptoms observed in affected persons. This report documents the investigation of exposures at a home in which the occupants had unusual respiratory and neurologic symptoms. In June 2001, a man and a woman, both of whom were smokers, previously healthy, and aged 42 years, moved into a newly built, two-story home. Shortly after moving in, the woman noted episodic shortness of breath, lightheadedness, dizziness, and fatigue while in the finished basement. The man reported episodic mild confusion, poor concentration, headache, and blurry vision while working in the basement. Their symptoms always resolved within minutes of returning upstairs. This brief report investigates this case.
Keywords
Biological-effects; Health-hazards; Humans; Blood-gas-analysis; Sampling; Region-3; Respiratory-system-disorders; Smoking; Neurological-reactions; Gas-sampling; Gases; Emergency-treatment; Environmental-exposure; Exposure-assessment; Eye-irritants; Cardiac-function; Oxygen-deficient-atmospheres; Carbonates; Environmental-contamination
CODEN
MMWRB6
CAS No.
124-38-9; 74-82-8
Publication Date
20041224
Document Type
Journal Article
Fiscal Year
2005
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Issue of Publication
50
ISSN
0892-3787
NIOSH Division
DRDS
Source Name
Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
State
GA; WV
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