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Heat killed a record number of people in Phoenix last year as days, nights grow warmer

An Arizona Republic story on last year’s record number of heat-related deaths in Phoenix featured Dr. David Eisenman, professor-in-residence of community health sciences at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and director of the Fielding School's Center for Public Health and Disasters.

Monday, September 10, 2018

Heat killed 172 people in the Phoenix area last year, a record for a second consecutive year as rising temperatures take a worsening toll in the country’s hottest major city.

Health officials recently revised the 2017 tally of heat-associated deaths in Maricopa County, raising it from 155 after concluding a number of pending investigations.

The updated toll is 11 percent higher than the 150 heat-related deaths recorded in 2016, and more than double the 85 deaths tallied in 2015.


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