Baltimore man's death latest heat-related casualty

13 in city, 42 across state have died of heat-related illnesses this year

August 29, 2012|By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun

Hot weather contributed to the death of a 13th Baltimore resident earlier this summer, state health officials confirmed Tuesday.

The city man, who was between the ages of 45 and 64, brings to 42 the number of heat-related deaths in the state so far this summer, the deadliest since 2005, when heat was a factor in 47 deaths across the state.

The fatality was included in a weekly update on heat-related health concerns the state Department of Health and Mental Hygiene released late Tuesday. State medical examiners confirmed it as heat-related within the past week, but officials did not say when the death occurred.

No additional details on the death or any of the previous casualties were provided.

In general, the victims often have underlying medical conditions like heart or lung disease, state health officials said.

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