press release put out at the request of the Alachua County Health
Alachua County, FL - The Alachua County Health Department is
alerting citizens to monitor their health and limit direct sun exposure as
"The high temperature and humidity that we are
experiencing make heat-related illness more likely," stated Jean
Munden, Administrator of the Alachua County Health Department.
"Citizens should monitor their health and contact their medical
provider if they start to feel ill due to the heat."
Heat stroke and heat exhaustion are the primary heat-related
illnesses people suffer when the body's temperature
increases.Citizens are urged to stay inside
air-conditioned rooms or out of the sun when possible and drink plenty of
light-colored fluids. Additionally, citizens should never leave children or
pets in vehicles, as the temperature inside a vehicle can reach deadly
Warning signs of heat stroke vary but may include the
extremely high body temperature (above 103°F),
hot and dry skin along with a rapid, strong pulse
headache, dizziness, nauseas, confusion or unconsciousness
Warning signs of heat exhaustion include the following:
sweating, paleness, muscle cramps
nausea, vomiting, or fainting
Citizens should limit outdoor activity to morning and evening
hours, wear light clothing, and if exercising or working outdoors, rest
often in shady areas. Alachua County is expected to have temperatures
in the 90's with sporadic rain throughout the week.
Click here for the Alachua County Health Department
For more information, contact Paul Myers at 352-334-8873.
The goal of the Alachua County Health Department is to
promote, protect, maintain and improve health and safety of all the
citizens and visitors.