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Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

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Department of Health and Human Services

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.1,090 Michiganders visited the hospital emergency room for CO poisoning in 2019 (MiTracking Data Portal). 

Carbon monoxide poisoning emergency department visits and hospitalizations data are available on the MiTracking data portal.

Contact Information


Aaron Ferguson, MPA
Climate and Tracking Unit Manager

Jillian Maras, MPH
MiTracking Program Manager