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Who's most at risk for heat-related illness?

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Mississippi is in prime time for heat related illness, including heat stroke and death. As we reach some of the hottest days of summer, researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have a better idea of what factors cause severe heat illness.

Using data collected from the New York City Department of Health, researchers at the CDC found more than six hundred cases of heat illness, and thirteen deaths, occur in the city each year.

Elderly adults are the most at risk but people of all ages can be affected.

Those who didn't have access to air conditioning, those suffering from chronic conditions or mental health problems, and people who are obese have the biggest risk for heat-related complications.

The study also showed living in multifamily apartment buildings, or alone, did not increase the risk of death.

How does heat effect your body? What types of illness can it cause? Find complete information at the CDC Website.

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