Lake Nyos disaster, Cameroon, 1986: the medical effects of large scale emission of carbon dioxide?

@article{Baxter1989LakeND,
  title={Lake Nyos disaster, Cameroon, 1986: the medical effects of large scale emission of carbon dioxide?},
  author={Peter J. Baxter and M Kapila and D Mfonfu},
  journal={BMJ},
  year={1989},
  volume={298 6685},
  pages={1437-41}
}
Carbon dioxide was blamed for the deaths of around 1700 people in Cameroon, west Africa, in 1986 when a massive release of gas occurred from Lake Nyos, a volcanic crater lake. The clinical findings in 845 survivors seen at or admitted to hospital were compatible with exposure to an asphyxiant gas. Rescuers noted cutaneous erythema and bullae on an unknown proportion of corpses and 161 (19%) survivors treated in hospital; though these lesions were initially believed to be burns from acidic gases… CONTINUE READING