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City sounds warning on heatstroke

TWO people have died among the total 47 heatstroke cases in the city this year, the Shanghai Center for Disease Control and Prevention said yesterday.

Shanghai this year launched an initiative, requiring hospitals to immediately report new heatstroke cases.

China passed yesterday into what's considered the hottest season, known in Chinese as sanfu, and the period will last until the middle of August.

But no extreme heat is expected to hit Shanghai for the next five days, with the maximum temperature around 33 degrees Celsius, forecasters said yesterday.

The deaths this year included a 31-year-old visiting school principal, who died on June 23 as the mercury hit 35 degrees.

The other was a 41-year-old migrant working on a construction site, who died last Thursday when the mercury hit 37 degrees.

Experts said heatstroke is an acute, life-threatening condition in which the body's heat-regulating system fails, due to long exposure to heat.

The body is unable to give off heat adequately to return to its normal temperature. If effective treatment doesn't come in time, a victim can suffer organ damage and die.


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