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Heat-related deaths--Chicago, Illinois, 1996-2001, and United States, 1979-1999.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  12844077     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Heat waves (i.e., >/=3 consecutive days of air temperatures >/=90 degrees F [>/=32.2 degrees C]) are meteorologic events that contribute significantly to heat-related deaths. Exposure to excessive heat can cause illness, injury, and death. This report describes four cases of heat-related deaths, as reported by the Office of the Medical Examiner, Cook County, Chicago, that occurred during 1996-2001; summarizes total heat-related deaths in Chicago during 1996-2001; and compares the number of heat-related deaths during the 1995 and 1999 Chicago heat waves. This report also summarizes trends in the United States during 1979-1999, describes risk factors associated with heat-related deaths and symptoms, and outlines preventive measures for heat-related illness, injury, and death. Persons at risk for heat-related death should reduce strenuous outdoor activities, drink water or nonalcoholic beverages frequently, and seek air conditioning.
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  MMWR. Morbidity and mortality weekly report     Volume:  52     ISSN:  0149-2195     ISO Abbreviation:  MMWR Morb. Mortal. Wkly. Rep.     Publication Date:  2003 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2003-07-04     Completed Date:  2003-07-14     Revised Date:  2008-11-21    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7802429     Medline TA:  MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  610-3     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Aged, 80 and over
Chicago / epidemiology
Fever / mortality*,  prevention & control
Heat Stroke / mortality*,  prevention & control
Hot Temperature
Risk Factors
United States / epidemiology

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