Heat-Related Illness

  1. Statistics
  2. Tips to Beat the Heat
  3. Signs and Symptoms

The Ozarks can experience periods of extreme heat in the summertime. When temperatures and humidity rise, so does the potential for heat-related illnesses such as heat rash, heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Conditions such as age, obesity, fever, dehydration, heart disease, mental illness, poor circulation, sunburn, and prescription drug and alcohol use can increase the risk for heat-related illness.

The Springfield-Greene County Health Department tracks instances of various heat-related illnesses each year. These illnesses are entirely preventable, yet many instances occur every summer. Below are the latest numbers.

2020 Heat Illnesses Treated in Greene County
Heat Illness Treated in Greene County, by Year 2020 Heat-Related Illness by Sex 2020 Heat Illnesses Treated in Greene County, by Age Range