Georgia health officials offer heat stroke prevention tips

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia public health officials say people should limit prolonged outdoor activity with temperatures expected to stay in the 90s for much of the week.

Department of Public Health officials released a statement Tuesday warning of the dangers of heat stroke. Department of Public Health Commissioner Brenda Fitzgerald says extreme heat could lead to brain damage, organ problems and death.

Officials say heat stroke symptoms may occur quickly and include dry red skin, disorientation, convulsions and more. Officials say heat exhaustion, a milder form of heat stroke, may occur in people who have been exposed to extreme heat for several days and are dehydrated.

Public health officials say people should drink more water than normal regardless of their activity level, stay in air conditioned places and take cool showers if necessary.

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