Govt figures: 4k carbon monoxide cases annually in UK

Some 4,000 people in the UK go to A&E due to the effects of carbon monoxide poisoning every year, new figures have shown.

Professor Dame Sally Davies, chief medical officer for England, has highlighted this statistic at the beginning of Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week - which got underway yesterday (November 21st) - and insisted people need to be more vigilant than ever as winter approaches.

The official added that this condition represents a "silent killer" that results in 50 deaths annually in Britain, but insisted that ensuring all gas and fuel appliances in the home are installed and maintained properly can "prevent these avoidable tragedies".

She went on to note that around 200 individuals are hospitalised with the illness every year and warned that anyone feeling symptoms such as a headache, tiredness and nausea should seek medical advice.

Recently, it emerged that engineer John Courtney may seek compensation after contracting carbon monoxide poisoning while working for Wales and West Utilities in Cardiff.

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22/11/2011 16:47