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August 23, 1995

Heat-Related Mortality—Chicago, July 1995

JAMA. 1995;274(8):602. doi:10.1001/jama.1995.03530080018014

MMWR. 1995;44:577-579

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DURING JULY 12-16, 1995, Chicago experienced unusually high maximum daily temperatures, ranging from 93 F to 104 F (33.9 C to 40.0 C). On July 13, the heat index* peaked at 119 F (48.3 C)—a record high for the city. This report describes the heat-related deaths reported by the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office (CCMEO) during this heat wave.

Deaths classified as heat-related by the CCMEO met one of the following three criteria: (1) core body temperature of the decedent ≥105 F (≥40.6 C) at the time of or immediately after death, (2) substantial environmental or circumstantial evidence of heat as a contributor to death (e.g., decedent found in a room without air conditioning, all windows closed, and a high ambient temperature), or (3) decedent in a decomposed condition without evidence of other cause of death and with evidence that the decedent was last seen

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