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Four Fairgoers Suffer Heat Exhaustion

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Medford, Ore. — So far this year, four people have been hospitalized at Providence Medford Medical Center for heat exhaustion.

Hospital staff said it’s important to stay cool while you’re at the fair.  They say heat stress happens when the body is dehydrated and is unable to cool itself enough to maintain a healthy temperature.  If left untreated, this can lead to heat stroke, which is a life-threatening medical emergency.

The most at risk group includes people over the age of 65-years-old, babies, young children, pregnant and nursing mothers, people with existing medical conditions and people on medications for mental illness.

Hospital staff said prevention is the most important way to fight heat exhaustion and heat stroke.  That means you should be drinking plenty of water or other cool, non-alcoholic fluids.  They also say you should avoid heavy exertion, stay cool, eat light meals and wear lightweight clothing.