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Posted at 11:40 AM ET, 07/26/2010

Md. records 17th heat-related death

By Washington Post editors

Maryland officials say that an adult mowing his lawn in Carroll County has become the 17th person to die from a heat-related illness this year. That brings the total number of hyperthermia deaths to 17 this year. An official said the adult also had an underlying heart disease.

Virginia reported Monday that two more people died from heat-related illnesses, bringing this year's hyperthermia deaths in the state to eight.

The District says it has had one.

-- Lena Sun

By Washington Post editors  | July 26, 2010; 11:40 AM ET
Categories:  DC, Maryland, Virginia  
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A man with heart problems mowing his yard in 90-100 degree temperatures is definitely a candidate for a Darwin Award.

Posted by: checkered1 | July 26, 2010 12:06 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: kirstenpaulson | July 26, 2010 12:07 PM | Report abuse

aaahhh, please know that "hypothermia" occurs when the body temperature drops, which usually occurs in cold weather. I think you guys mean hyperthermia. Especially if thes guys passed away in the recent sweltering heat!

I'm just saying....

Posted by: NursRob | July 26, 2010 12:10 PM | Report abuse

They should advertise symptoms. How does one know when they are pushing the envelope? He obviously thought he was fine. Otherwise, he would not have been mowing the lawn.

Posted by: forgetthis | July 26, 2010 2:02 PM | Report abuse

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