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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.

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Monday, September 10, 2018
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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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