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Heat stroke claims second Quintana Roo victim

Riviera Maya, Q.R. — A second resident has died in the state of Quintana Roo from heat stroke. On Tuesday, a Red Cross ambulance rushed an adult male to hospital from heat exhaustion where he died shortly after arriving.

According to State Health Services, the death happened in the municipality of Lázaro Cárdenas in northern Quintana Roo. The ambulance arrived after the man began to experience complications from working outside in the heat. While authorities did not identify him, they did say he was over the age of 45.

He is the second local to die from heat stroke this year. In April, a ranch worker from Othón P. Blanco, in the southern region of the state, also died of heat stroke. His body was found on a dirt road by another person from the ranch who called 911.

Responding medical personnel pronounced him on scene. An autopsy revealed the cause of death was heat stroke.

Quintana Roo has already recorded daily temperature highs nearing 40C or 104F. The hottest days of the year for the state do not officially start until mid-July.