BALTIMORE (AP) — Public health officials say the state’s first heat-related death for 2013 has been confirmed.

The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene said Wednesday that the victim was a Howard County man between the ages of 45 and 64 who had underlying health conditions.

Last year, there were 46 confirmed heat-related deaths from May through September in Maryland.

DHMH Deputy Secretary Dr. Laura Herrera urged residents to be vigilant over the Independence day weekend because high temperatures are expected.

(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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