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Farmers warned against heat stroke

A health expert warned farmers against the effects of heat stroke caused by working under the scorching heat.

The nature of the farmers’ job makes them vulnerable to heat stroke, which would be prevalent because the country is experiencing El Nino.

Agriculturists earlier warned against putting big animals to pasture under the heat of the sun, and advised that they be fed and watered under the shade.

BusinessMirror, quoting internal-medicine specialist Dr. Raul Destura, said heat stroke or sun stroke is a severe heat illness with body temperature that is greater than 40.6 degrees Celsius, mostly due to environmental heat exposure.

Destura said heat stroke most of the time is “unnoticed or undiagnosed among the rural health unites.”

He said the effects of heat stroke include alteration in sweating, nausea and vomiting, flushed skin, rapid breathing, racing heart rate and headache.

He added that people suffering from sun stroke could also have an altered mental state or behaviour.

Destura said rice farmers are also susceptible to respiratory illnesses, allergies, and skin infections, especially during harvest when they do threshing.

He also advised farmers to use protective masks and gloves in applying pesticides and fertilizers.


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