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HEALTH OFFICIALS RELEASE HEAT-RELATED
Continued Precautions Urged as Heat Wave Continues
MADISON—State health officials are confirming eight heat-related deaths
and 11 possible heat-related deaths since July 1, and continuing to urge
precautions during this week’s high temperatures. While half of the
confirmed deaths occurred in southern Wisconsin, two of the fatalities
were in Barron County and two in La Crosse County.
The Department of Health Services continues to work with local public
health departments, coroners and medical examiners to gather information
on the number of heat-related fatalities statewide.
“Heat stroke can be rapid and fatal,” said State Health Officer Dr.
Henry Anderson. “People should remain cool and safe by keeping hydrated,
slowing down, staying indoors and avoiding strenuous exercise during the
hottest part of the day.”
Hot weather can be dangerous for anyone but is especially dangerous
for older adults, infants and young children, individuals with chronic
health problems, those who work outdoors or in hot settings and isolated
individuals who may not know how to cool off or ask for help. Officials
encourage people to check on neighbors, friends, and family during the
ongoing heat wave.
When temperatures are above 90 degrees, officials recommend the
- To avoid dehydration, make it a point to drink more fluids
during hot weather. Rapid weight loss may be a sign of dehydration.
- Do not plan strenuous activities during the warmest part of the
- Individuals at highest risk should spend the hottest part of the
day in a cool, preferably air-conditioned place.
- Use fans to increase ventilation unless temperatures exceed 90
degrees, at which point fans become ineffective in reducing
- Take action to reduce body temperatures if heat-related symptoms
- If you or your neighbors do not have air conditioning, go to a
local library, mall, or cooling center. For information on the
nearest cooling center, call 2-1-1, contact your health care
provider, or visit
For more information on preventing heat-related illness:
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July 16, 2012