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MARYVILLE, MO (2010-06-18) Missouri Summer Safety Week which begins June 20th thru the 26th is highlighting all the steps Missourians can take to prevent heat-related illness.
Between the years 2000 and 2009 there where 214 deaths in Missouri due to heat-related causes.
The elderly and chronically ill perspire less and are more likely to be taking medication that can impair the body's response to heat or make a person more vulnerable to the heat.
People should check with their doctor or pharmacist to find out if their medications make them more sensitive to high temperatures.
Young children are also sensitive to the heat and must rely on adults to regulate their environments.
Infants and children should not be left unattended in hot environments, especially in cars even with the air conditioning running and children tend to dehydrate very quickly.
Symptoms as modest as dizziness or muscle cramps can be signs of heat-related illness.
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