10-Year-Old Boy Dies of Dehydration in Paphos
The boy arrived last week with his aunt to see his grandmother and grandfather who live in Paphos. He fell intensely ill with a high temperature shortly afterwards and was rushed to a clinic on Sunday where he was found dead on arrival.
State pathologist Eleni Antoniou said that the boy's tragic death was due to dehydration which led to heart failure.
A heatwave with temperatures reaching 44 degrees Celsius claimed the life of a woman last week, and 10 people were hospitalised with heatstroke. The dangers of heatstroke and dehydration cannot be underestimated at this time of year. Avoid going outside in direct sunlight between 12pm and 2pm, drink plenty of water and avoid alcohol during the day as it adds to dehydration symptoms. Heavy meals and sugary drinks should be avoided during the day. The best time to go to the beach is before 10am and after 4pm, say government health warnings.
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