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Heat stroke is caused by an abnormally elevated body temperature and could cause permanent damage to the organs. It should be treated as a medical emergency—it can be fatal.

Symptoms of Heat Stroke

  • Dry, hot, and flushed skin—dark or purple in colour
  • Dilated pupils
  • Rapid, weak pulse
  • Shallow breathing
  • High temperature—may be in excess of 41° Celsius

Treatment of Heat Stroke

  • Wrap in a sheet and soak with cool—not cold—water.
  • Fan, but don’t over-chill.
  • Get to a hospital immediately.
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