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Heat-Related Illness Cases up in 2012

The Springfield-Greene County Health Department says it saw a rise in heat-related illnesses this summer. KSMU’s Melanie Foehrweiser has details.

From June 1st to September 3rd, the health department recorded 221 cases of heat-related illnesses, according to a press release it issued this week. Of those cases, 54 people required hospitalization. That’s up from 2011, when the health department saw 217 cases and 42 hospitalizations.

According to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, nearly 1,200 heat-related illnesses were reported statewide. The state began tracking cases in May, one month earlier than Greene County.

For KSMU News, I’m Melanie Foehrweiser.