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Six heat-related deaths reported in Md. during second half of July

Six people died of heat-related illnesses in Maryland — two each in Baltimore city and county — during a stretch that included a spell of triple-digit heat indices this month, according to state health officials.

Three of them died while heat advisories were in effect from July 16-19. They were a woman in Baltimore City, a man in Baltimore County and a man in Wicomico County, each of them aged 45-64.

Three more died since then — a man in Baltimore City, a woman in Baltimore County and a woman in Howard County, each aged 65 or older.

They bring to 12 the total of heat-related deaths in the state so far this summer, well behind pace the pace of last summer, when 46 people died — all but five of them in July.

Health officials do not release details on the deaths for privacy reasons. Victims often include the elderly and those with underlying health conditions that make them vulnerable to heat-related illnesses like heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

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