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Heat triggers advice from health officials

Date Posted: 2005-07-29

Sweltering temperatures and high humidity are taxing local residents, bringing warnings from doctors and public health workers.

“Be careful of heat injuries” is the catch phrase of the week, as medical professionals reach out to warn and enlighten what they call ‘often ignorant people’ who don’t know how they can be hurt.

Since summer vacations began July 21st, large numbers of children from elementary school level through junior and senior high school are on the streets and beaches in large numbers. The health community says they’re largely at risk, because they’re young and don’t think the heat can hurt them.

That’s a myth, they say, noting that 41 cases of heat injuries required medical treatment at a dozen facilities in the mid-June to mid-July reporting period. Doctors say they mostly happened at the beaches, parks and playgrounds, but admit there were even some cases inside homes without air conditioning.

“Take a lot of water, use caps and parasols,” they say. “And take lots of salt in your diet too.”

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