Heat-related fatalities in North Carolina

Am J Public Health. 2005 Apr;95(4):635-7. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2004.042630.


We used medical examiner's records to identify heat-related fatalities (N=161) that occurred during the period January 1, 1977, to December 31, 2001, in North Carolina. Estimates of the population at risk were derived from US census data. Annual fatality rates increased with increases in average summer temperature and with the number of days per year at 90 degrees F or higher. Of the occupational heat-related fatalities (n=40), 45% occurred among farm laborers, many of whom died unnoticed and without medical attention.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Child
  • Female
  • Heat Stress Disorders / mortality*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • North Carolina / epidemiology
  • Occupational Diseases / mortality*
  • Poisson Distribution