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Posted at 3:35 PM ET, 07/ 7/2010

Two more heat-related deaths in Md.

By Washington Post editors

The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) announced Wednesday that two more people have died of heat-related illnesses.

The two deaths reported Wednesday bring the total number of hyperthermia-related deaths in Maryland to eight. In 2009, six people in Maryland died from heat-related illnesses.

The most recent victims include an adult from Anne Arundel County who died in May. The person's death is only now being reported because a cause was only recently determined. A second adult from Baltimore died this week. The individual from Anne Arundel County collapsed inside their home after working outdoors. The adult from Baltimore found inside an home with air temperatures over 90 degrees.

"Chronic health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and respiratory illnesses can dramatically increase an individual's risk in these scorching temperatures, said DHMH Secretary John M. Colmers. "There are simple steps people can take to protect themselves. The most important one is to stay out of the heat and take the time to stay in touch with families, friends and neighbors."

By Washington Post editors  | July 7, 2010; 3:35 PM ET
Categories:  Maryland  
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