IHA warning of what could come with this latest wave of hot weather in the Southern Interior and Kamloops.
Medical Health Officer Dr. Sue Pollock says heat related illness is most likely to affect infants up to 4 years of age, the elderly, those who work outdoors, and those with chronic diseases.
“So often heat related illness will start with the individual having very pale, cool, and moist skin. They may be sweating very heavily, they may experience muscle cramping, fatigue, and weakness. As the heat related illness increases in intensity, then they may start to experience things like confusion, disorientation, even hallucinations. And this can lead to seizures, and decreased consciousness.”
Pollock says all these symptoms are preventable, so they want to remind people to adjust their routines so they’re prepared for higher temperatures.