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Heat is a factor in resident’s death

A Kansas City, Mo., resident died July 5 from heat-related complications. The 52-year-old woman, who had a pre-existing health condition, lived in the central section of the city and was found dead in her home. According to the medical examiner’s report, she was last seen alive June 17.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta, people at high risk for developing a heat-related illness include the elderly and young children as well as those who suffer from obesity, fever, dehydration, heart disease, mental illness, poor circulation, sunburn, prescription drug use, and alcohol use. To help prevent heat-related illness:

1. Drink more fluids (non-alcoholic). Don’t wait until you feel thirsty to drink fluids. If you take water pills or are on a fluid-restricted diet, check with your doctor to determine how much you should drink when the weather is hot.

2. When the temperature or heat index is in the high 90s, fans will not prevent heat-related illness. Taking a cool shower or bath, or moving to an air-conditioned place is a much better way to cool off. (CDC, July 9, 2001)

For more information about how to prevent heat-related illness, contact your medical provider, or go to the CDC’s Web site at

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