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Event Details

Heatwave event report

Category: Heatwave
Observation: 10.07.2010
Continent: Asia
Country: China
Area: Eastern provinces
Severity: Hight
Event details
The Department of Health (DOH) announced yesterday that emergency rooms in hospitals nationwide had received 34 cases of heat stroke on July 5, one of the highest single day records. On July 4 there were 23 cases. According to the DOH, elderly have a higher risk of heat stroke. The possibility of getting heat stroke for seniors over the age of 75 is three times of that for normal adults. Tsai Wai-mau, head of the emergency room at Hsinchu Mackey Memorial Hospital, explained that it is because the elderly are less sensitive to temperature changes and they sweat less. Chronic disease patients are also high risk groups. “When some seniors were sent to the hospitals, they were really serious,” Tsai said. “Some of them were already unconscious and have body temperatures as high as 40 degree Celsius,” he added. If suspected of suffering from heat stroke, the patient should be moved to a cool place as soon as possible and cold water used to wipe the patient's body. Do not give them water when they are already unconscious. Tsai also said that people who have to work outdoors in the hot weather have high risks of getting heat exhaustion. When they sweat too much and do not drink enough water, they would easily get heat exhaustion, feeling weak and dizzy. They should drink cold water with a little salt added or sports drinks. The DOH warned the public that the temperature will probably continue to go up and it is expected to be particularly hot on July 23. To avoid getting heat-related illnesses, DOH advised people to stay indoors from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. If being in the sunlight is unavoidable, wear light clothes with light colors, use umbrellas, wear hats and sunshield and drink a lot of water.
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