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Two deaths reported due to heatstroke with the arrival of Canicula

Riviera Maya, Q.R. — Two people have reportedly died from heatstroke over the past week as local daytime temperatures begin to soar. The affects of Canícula or the Dog Days of Summer, has already begun to see temperatures near 40 C.

According to Sub-Secretary of the State Health, Luis Ángel Blanco, five people have suffered heat stroke since July 12, two of whom, have died. He says the recorded cases have included four in Playa del Carmen and one in Cozumel.

He says heat stroke is caused by the high temperatures that have been recorded in recent weeks. He added that the seasonal heat wave began July 12, a time when the most extreme temperatures are recorded, temperatures that will last until August 20.

The undersecretary explained that the agency started a campaign to prevent illnesses related to the high temperatures, such as heat stroke. To avoid heatstroke, doctors recommend staying cool and hydrated, being protected from the sun and avoiding intense physical activity.

He noted that symptoms of heatstroke include dizziness, headache, loss of consciousness, excessive sweating, rapid pulse, nausea and confusion.