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With the 4th of July holiday coming up, the Springfield-Greene County Health Department is reminding the community about summer health and safety tips.
Food consumed in a private home is responsible for 21% of foodborne illness outbreaks, according to the CDC. A large percent of foodborne disease outbreaks are spread by contaminated hands. Wash hands before prepping food, while cooking and before eating.
Follow these tips to keep your food safe this summer:
Another health concern during this time of year is heat illness. Illnesses such as 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 or above 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 on staying safe in the heat, pool safety, food safety, stream testing and other summer-related topics, visit health.springfieldmo.gov/summer.
Media inquiries should be directed to Kathryn Wall at firstname.lastname@example.org or 417-874-1205.