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BALTIMORE (AP) — Maryland health authorities say 32 people have died due to extreme heat so far this year.

That’s according to a report released Tuesday by the state Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

Health officials reported the same number of confirmed heat-related deaths last year. There were six deaths in 2009; 17 in 2008 and 21 in 2007.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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