Health Department Reports First Heat-Related Death

JULY 17, 2006 - Posted at 3:14 p.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - State health officials are reporting the first heat-related death this year in Arkansas.

But a spokeswoman for the Health & Human Services Department says she does not know where the person lived or where the death occured.  An agency news release says elderly people, people with illnesses, young children, and outdoor workers are most vulnerable to heat-related problems.

The department advises Arkansans to stay out of the heat, drink plenty of fluids, and schedule strenuous activity for the coolest time of the day.  Temperatures have been over 100 degrees in south and central Arkansas.  The heat index has reached 110 degrees in some places and drought conditions persist in some parts of the state.

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