PEI investigates carbon monoxide poisoning case

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Public health officials in Prince Edward Island are investigating a new case of a virus that can cause sickness if people inhale carbon monoxide fumes, CBC News reports.

It says the province has seen an average of about one case per year.

Two other people are ill but no one has died, Public Health Services says. The provinces Governor-General has asked for more aid in the fight against the gas poisoning.

The virus is classified as a “low-pathogenic” infection with a “high” risk of dying if people breathe the gas, which kills by affecting brain and other parts of the body. It causes shortness of breath, headaches, nausea and vomiting.

Health officials suspect the virus was caused by a tailing pond near the Grand Manan and Davis Regional Park, a remote area of PEI not far from the Atlantic Ocean. It was leaking into the atmosphere, they say.

The provincial health ministry warned that people should not go to the lake to watch a water-skiing accident unless a respirator was available for them, the CBC reports.

It says the virus comes from a type of water-borne bacteria called charcoal minerolytic bacteria.

The World Health Organization said COVID-19 was found in the coral reefs of the Mediterranean, the British Indian Ocean Islands and the Rock of Gibraltar in the north of Spain.

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