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Investigation of a home with extremely elevated carbon dioxide levels - West Virginia, December 2003.
Kreiss K; Rao CY; Harrison JM; Kaydos-Daniels SC; Benaise LG
MMWR 2004 Dec; 53(50):1181-1182
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.
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
Issue of Publication
Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
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