The incident that occurred on Monday, January 14 at École des Découvreurs in Lasalle mobilized teams from emergency services and from the health and social services network.
The effects of carbon monoxide can appear immediately or over a few weeks. Symptoms such as headaches, dizziness, nausea, vomiting and loss of consciousness may appear as a result of poisoning, as was the case Monday for several teachers and students.
Some of these symptoms can last for a few days. How long the effects last can vary from person to person. A second wave of symptoms can occur a few weeks later, which is why follow-up is important.
The regional public health department of Montreal (Direction régionale de santé publique de Montréal) is working with Centre intégré universitaire de santé et de services sociaux (CIUSSS) de l'Ouest-de-l'Île-de-Montréal to organize follow-up for all children and staff at École des Découvreurs. We will make sure that parents are informed about and involved in the follow-up.
In this short video, Dr. David Kaiser, specialist physician in the urban environment and healthy lifestyle habits sector at Montréal’s regional public health department, answers questions about CO and provides instructions to follow.