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Hospitals prepared for heatstroke cases as temperatures soar (Update)

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The state health services organisation (Okypy) have said that a further three people were admitted to the Limassol general hospital with heatstroke on Monday, bringing the total number of cases up to seven.

The three newest heatstroke patients are aged 77, 78, and 94.

The report brings the number of patients currently in hospital with heatstroke in Cyprus to seven, with one of those having died on Sunday and another having been intubated since July 14.

Okypy also said a 66-year-old person was visited at his home by paramedics after exhibiting heatstroke symptoms, but was provided with the necessary care and was not admitted to hospital.

Hospitals are, however, ready to handle any further cases of heatstroke and vulnerable groups must exert caution, according Okypy spokesman Pambos Charilaou.

Anyone who experiences symptoms should contact their personal doctor and seek advice, he said – identifying common symptoms as headaches, fatigue or weakness, feeling faint, and difficulty breathing.

Other symptoms include nausea, vomiting, high fever and even diarrhea, along with confusion or loss of orientation.

Charilaou urged the public to remain cautious during the next week with temperatures set to remain high.

Nicosia is set for temperatures ranging from 38-40C during the peak until Friday, while Limassol and Larnaca mid to high 30s. Paphos is forecasted to range from the low to mid 30s with Ayia Napa set for a similar trend. Troodos is expected to have temperatures in the mid-20s through to Friday.

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