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Hospitals: Patients on rise

CITY hospitals yesterday reported a growing number of patients amid the heat.

Medical authorities warned people to take simple precautions, like being aware of the big difference in temperatures between indoors and outdoors, and said children, the elderly and those with chronic illnesses were especially vulnerable.

Officials from Shanghai Children's Medical Center said it had about 4,200 outpatients and emergency-services cases yesterday, roughly 10 percent more than for the same time last year.

"Many patients suffered cold, fever and diarrhea after staying for long periods in air-conditioned rooms or eating too many frozen products or ice-creams," said Xia Lin, a center official.

"We suggest parents carry extra clothes for children if they plan to visit cool areas like subways or cinemas for long periods."

Shanghai No. 10 People's Hospital said it was recently seeing more elderly people with cardiovascular disease.

"The big temperature difference between the cool of indoors and the heat outside can sicken the elderly," said Yu Fei, a hospital official.

Yu said people should not keep rooms too cool and avoid frequent alternations between heat and cold.


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