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Maryland reports first cold-related death this season

December 23rd, 2015 by WCBC Radio

The first Maryland death related to hypothermia this season has been reported, according to the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. The death was an adult male (aged 45-64 years) in Kent County with underlying medical conditions. The death occurred at the end of November. No additional details will be released, to protect the privacy of the family. There were 41 hypothermia-related deaths in Maryland during the 2014-2015 winter weather season.

 

“Although we've recently had unseasonably warm weather, it's important to Marylanders to be aware of the risks of hypothermia and other cold-related illnesses,” says Dr. Howard Haft, Health and Mental Hygiene’s Deputy Secretary for Public Health Services. “Most at risk are the homeless population, those with substance use disorders, people with underlying health conditions and the elderly.”

 

From the end of November through March, Health and Mental Hygiene monitors temperature conditions and incidences of cold-related illnesses and deaths. To see the weekly reports, visit http:/preparedness.dhmh.maryland.gov and click “Extreme Cold in Maryland.” The site also includes the State Cold Weather Emergency Plan and fact sheets on cold weather health issues, carbon monoxide, driving tips for extreme cold weather and the warning signs of a heart attack. The fact sheets are available for download in English and 8 other languages.

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