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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 29, 2009

Health Department notified of possible heat-related death

The City of Kansas City, Mo., Health Department has been notified by the Jackson County Medical Examiner’s Office that heat exposure was a possible factor in a June 27 death in Kansas City, Mo. The medical investigation is ongoing, and no additional information will be released at this time.

The six categories of people at highest risk for heat-related illnesses or death include: people with chronic medical conditions or who are disabled; the elderly; the economically disadvantaged; people taking medications, including narcotics, sedatives and diuretics; toddlers left in cars; and infants less than 1 year old.

Heat information can be found on the Health Department’s Web site http://www.kcmo.org/health. For heat information and community resources, call the Health Department’s community partner United Way at 2-1-1 or (816) 474-5112.

Media inquiries about this topic should be directed to Jeff Hershberger, public information officer for the Health Department, (816) 840-2548 (pager).

    
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