Health warning issued as extreme weather continues

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Residents of Queensland’s Far North are being encouraged to take extra care of their health as extreme weather conditions continue to batter the region.


Minister for Health and Ambulance Services Steven Miles said people should be wary of the conditions and check on their neighbours, friends, and family.

“We have a heatwave gripping large parts of the state, fires in the central regions, dust in the south-east, fallen bats in the north, and high winds and storms for other parts of the state,” he said.

“I urge all Queenslanders to listen to weather reports, check websites and social media pages for the state’s health and emergency authorities, and be prepared.”

Queensland Acting Chief Health Officer Dr Sonya Bennett infants, the elderly, pregnant and breastfeeding women, and people with some pre-existing medical conditions are particularly vulnerable in heatwave conditions.

“Be alert to the symptoms of heat-related illnesses which can range from heat rash, muscle cramps, and heavy sweating, to paleness, dizziness, nausea, vomiting and fainting,” she said.

“Drink plenty of fluids, preferably cool water, regularly throughout the day – don’t wait until you’re thirsty.

“Stay indoors when possible, preferably in a building with air-conditioning or good air flow, and limit strenuous outdoor activity.

Dr Bennet also said residents should take cool showers or apply a damp cloth to the head and neck to stay cool.

If you suspect someone is suffering a heat related illness, call emergency services on triple zero and move the person into a cool spot if you are able to and encourage them to drink cool water. 

 

 

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