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PIA Press Release
2010/03/15

DOH warns against heat stroke and summer diseases

Bacolod City (15 March) -- The Department of Health (DOH) warned the public against heat stroke and summer diseases as high temperatures continue to scorch the entire country.

Heat stroke is a "medical emergency" requiring immediate medical attention, DOH said.

Health Secretary Esperanza Cabral said heat stroke cases increase in hot and humid weather, particularly with people staying outdoors and during vigorous hot weather.

The DOH said when afflicted by heat stroke, the body is unable to ward off excessive heat through sweating because of dehydration and/or humid environment.

Symptoms of a person with heat stroke are a warm and flushed skin, faintness, dizziness, weakness and headache.

To avoid heat stroke, DOH advised the public to drink lots of water, wear light and comfortable clothes, avoid exposure to too much sunlight, and use an umbrella or sun block.

The DOH also warned the public against summer diseases like typhoid, diarrhea and skin diseases such as rashes and prickly heat. Other disorders associated with the summer months are sunburn, sore eyes, flu, chickenpox, measles and hypertension.

In Negros Occidental, Gov. Isidro Zayco reiterated the call for the people to stay out of the sun to avoid suffering heat strokes and for farmers to keep their animals in shady areas to prevent deaths during the El Niņo.

PAGASA earlier warned of experiencing the so-called ?double summer? because of the El Niņo phenomenon. (PIA/cad) [top]

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