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Posted at 3:13 PM ET, 06/29/2010

2 more heat-related deaths in Maryland

By Washington Post editors

Maryland officials reported two more heat-related deaths Tuesday, bringing to five the number of deaths attributed to the recent heat wave in the Washington region.

A news release from the state Department of Health and Mental Hygiene said one senior in Cecil County and one senior in Prince George's County were the latest to die from hyperthermia.

Spokeswoman Karen Black said the homes of these two residents had no air conditioning and temperatures in the residences were greater than 90 degrees. No other details were available.

The previous heat-related deaths involved two elderly Baltimore County residents and one elderly Montgomery County resident.

In 2009, six heat-related deaths were reported. There were 17 in 2008, and 21 in 2007, officials said.

Maryland officials urge residents to learn more about preventing heat-related illness.

-- Lena Sun

By Washington Post editors  | June 29, 2010; 3:13 PM ET
Categories:  Maryland  
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