Three heat related deaths reported in Milwaukee County

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by Chris Patterson

MILWAUKEE -- Three heat related deaths have been reported by the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner's Office. We're told a 44-year-old male, 71-year-old male, and 79-year-old male were all found dead with core temperatures over 101 degrees.

According to the medical examiner's officer a 44-year-old white male was found unresponsive in an alley on the 4800 block of W. Morgan Ave. on July 17th. His body temperature was 108 degrees by the time he was transported to Aurora St. Luke's Medical Center.

The second heat victim is a 79-year-old white male found on the 4000 block of N. 85th St. in Milwaukee. We're told the man was in a sealed house with no windows open, no fans on, and no air conditioning. His body temperature was 102 degrees. He was wearing underwear and a long sleeve shirt when he was found.

The third man who died a heat related death was found in a house on the 2200 block of N. Cambridge Ave. The medical examiner's office says the 79-year-old white male had a core temperature of 107 degrees. He was sealed in a house with no fans or air conditioning. When he was found he was wearing two pairs of pants, a shirt, sweater and jacket.

The identity of these men will be withheld until family members have been notified.

Commissioner of Heath Statement on Possible Heat Related Deaths:

The City of Milwaukee Health Department is saddened to learn today of three suspected deaths of city residents due to heat-related causes. While the investigation into each case is ongoing, we reinforce the message that the entire community must take care of each other.
During extreme heat conditions, we advise all citizens to take the following precautions, as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to prevent heat-related illness or death:


Stay Cool

 

  •  Slow down. limit physical activity, and try to spend part of your day in an air-conditioned space
  •  Never leave children or pets in a parked car – temperatures can become life-threatening within minutes
  •  Wear lightweight, loose-fitting, light-colored clothing
  •  Take cool baths or showers and use wet towels on your skin to help you cool down
  • Stay Hydrated
  •  Drink plenty of water throughout the day regardless of thirst
  •  Avoid consuming caffeinated or alcoholic beverages, as these can increase heat effects


Stay Informed

 

  •  Check local news and weather reports for extreme heat alerts and safety tips
  •  Be aware of symptoms of heat-related illness such as dizziness, nausea, headache, or fainting
  • Check on relatives, friends, or neighbors, especially those most susceptible to heat-related illness


The City of Milwaukee Health Department and our Heat Task Force partners will remain engaged and active for the duration of any heat event.

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