Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Carbon monoxide, or CO, is a gas that forms whenever fuel is burned. You cannot see, taste or smell carbon monoxide, but it can be deadly when you breathe it in.1 Known as the "silent killer," CO is dangerous because it blocks your body from taking in the oxygen it needs. CO poisoning can happen suddenly or over a long period of time. CO can cause serious illness or death in just minutes.1
In Michigan, 88 people were hospitalized for CO poisoning in 2016. In the U.S., CO causes an average of 430 deaths and more than 20,000 hospital emergency room visits per year according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Carbon monoxide poisoning emergency department visits and hospitalizations data are available on the MiTracking data portal.