June 14, 2011

News Release

For Immediate Release

Steps to Protect Against Heat-Related Illnesses

High temperatures have begun and the Springfield-Greene County Health Department urges residents to take steps to protect against heat-related illnesses.

Heat-related illnesses like heat exhaustion and heat stroke occur when the body's temperature control system is overloaded. Children, senior adults and people with chronic illness are at highest risk.

Heat exhaustion is the most common heat-related illness and can lead to dehydration. Symptoms include heavy sweating, paleness, tiredness, muscle cramps, weakness, dizziness or fainting, headache, nausea or vomiting. A person with these symptoms should move to a cool spot, rest and drink cool water. If symptoms worsen or last longer than an hour, they should seek medical attention.

Heat stroke occurs when the body's temperature climbs to 104°F. It can be deadly. Call 9-1-1 immediately if a person has symptoms including a high body temperature, red, hot or dry skin, rapid pulse, throbbing headache, dizziness, nausea, confusion or unconsciousness.

To protect against heat-related illness:

For more information contact: Katie Towns-Jeter MPH, Public Information Administrator, 417-874-1205, 417-536-0785 (cell)

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