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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
October 2, 2013

Preventing Future Heat Casualties

JAMA. 2013;310(13):1332. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.277674

Increasing temperatures from climate change combined with growing numbers of older adults, people with chronic diseases, and obese individuals could lead to more heat-related illnesses and deaths in New York City in the coming years.

An analysis by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene of hospital data, death certificates, and medical examiner records from 2000 to 2011 showed that, on average, 447 patients annually were treated for heat illness and released from emergency departments, 152 were hospitalized, and 13 individuals died of heat stroke.