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By Vaccination Levels Among Hispanics and Non-hispanic Whites Aged


Hypothermia-Related is defined Deaths as a central — Continued or core body temperature of ≤95 F (≤35 C) and is a medical emergency (1). Persons with hypothermia are at high risk for death (2). Although hypothermia-related deaths are common during winter months in states characterized by cold winters (e.g., Alaska and North Dakota) and with mountainous or desert terrain (e.g., Arizona and New Mexico), hypothermia and associated deaths also occur in states with milder climates. For example, during November 1996–April 1997, the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office in Virginia identified 20 deaths caused by hypothermia; of these, 11 (55%) were among men and decedents ranged in age from 22 to 86 years (mean: 63 years). This report describes selected cases of hypothermiarelated deaths in Virginia during November 1996–April 1997 and summarizes hypothermia-related deaths in the United States during 1979–1994. Case 1. In December 1996, an 80-year-old woman was found lying dead in a ditch near the nursing home in which she resided. The decedent had Alzheimer disease, Parkinson disease, and congestive heart failure and had been reported missing from the nursing home approximately 12 hours earlier. She was fully clothed, and a

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