The public has been reminded to use caution as temperatures rise dramatically in early and mid-August. The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday there is usually a spike in heat-related illnesses in the first half of August and advised taking extra care.
Prolonged exposure to high temperatures can cause heat stroke and exhaustion. Symptoms include headache, dizziness, muscle cramps, and fatigue, and the conditions can be fatal.
According to the KCDC, heat-related ailments were reported most in the first and second weeks of August, accounting for 39.5 percent of all 5,910 cases from 2012 to 2016. From May 29 to Aug. 1 this year, 919 cases were reported, with five resulting in deaths. This was up about 7 percent from the same period last year, which saw the highest number of patients over the last five years.
“With the rainy season over, we are experiencing sweltering, muggy days. People need to take extra care as they go about their daily activities”, a KCDC official said.