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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Aug. 29, 2005

Heat claims third victim in Kansas City, Mo.

The Kansas City, Mo., Health Department has been notified by the Jackson County Medical Examiner's Office that heat exposure was a factor in the death of a 64-year-old Kansas City, Mo., woman.

The victim, who lived in the 300 block of Paseo Boulevard, had pre-existing medical conditions that may have made her more susceptible to the heat. The victim was discovered outside, on the rear deck of her home by an Emergency Medical Technician called by the apartment manager who was concerned for her welfare.

People who have chronic medical conditions or are disabled make up one of the five categories at highest risk for heat-related illnesses or death. Other high-risk groups include the elderly; the economically disadvantaged; people taking certain medications, including narcotics, sedatives and diuretics; and infants less than one year old. In this case, at least one or more of these high-risk categories may have been a factor in this death.

Heat-related deaths can be prevented. The Health Department recommends checking on relatives, friends and neighbors who are in one of the five high-risk categories once in the morning and once in the evening during extreme heat conditions.

The Health Department's 24-hour Heat Hotline, (816) 513-6265, provides information and tips about how to deal with extreme heat conditions. Heat information can also be found on the Health Department's Web page (www.kcmo.org/health).

Media inquiries about this issue should be directed to Don Pickard, Health Department, (816) 840-2548 (pager).

    
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