MEXICO – The current winter season has left 44 people dead in Mexico from causes linked to the low temperatures such as hypothermia, carbon monoxide poisoning and burns, the Health Secretariat said Saturday.
The secretariat said in a communique that the 44 deaths occurred between October of last year and this Feb. 16.
It said that of the fatalities this season, 31 were due to carbon monoxide poisoning, 11 to hypothermia and two from burns.
Most of the deaths occurred in the country’s northern states, and of those, Chihuahua had 21 deaths, Durango 6, Sonora 4, Baja California 3, Hidalgo 3 and Guanajuato 2, while Nuevo Leon, Coahuila, Aguascalientes, Puebla and Jalisco registered one each.
The secretariat recommended that the population take preventive measures such as strengthening their bodies’ defenses with food rich in vitamins C and D and drinking plenty of liquids, to wrap up to stay warm and avoid exposure to environmental contaminants.
People should also seek medical attention in case of a fever that lasts more than three days or if they have breathing difficulties, among other symptoms.