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Experts warn of heat stroke

(Source: MGN Online)

With close to triple digit heat in the forecast Valley-wide for the next week, many will be looking for ways to stay cool and out of the sun.

Concerns are growing over heat-related illnesses and potential deaths as residents are advised to take precautions while outside and exposed to the heat. The threat of illnesses like heat exhaustion and heat stroke is highest for children, especially in unattended cars.

Data provided by San Jose State University shows that already in 2018, two dozen pediatric deaths have been attributed to heat stroke in cars, two of those occurring in the State of Texas. Both children were infants. Over 700 pediatric deaths have been attributed to heat stroke from 1998 to 2017, with 43 deaths reported in the U.S. last year alone.

Parents and families are encouraged not to leave their children alone in the car when it is not running. Also, children should not be allowed to play in parked cars.

Children are not the only ones who should be concerned about the heat. While children under four and adults over 65 are at a greater risk of heat exhaustion, anyone can fall prey to this illness. According to the Centers for Disease Control, between 1979 and 2014, more than 7,000 Americans have died from heat stroke, which is an escalation of heat exhaustion.

Warning signs for heat exhaustion or stroke include sweating heavily, fast pulse, feeling cold and clammy, nausea, vomiting and fainting. If you or anyone around you displays these symptoms, move to a cool place and slowly sip water. If you suspect heat stroke, call 911 immediately.

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