Heat-Related Deaths Reported

A 50-year-old Newport News man was found dead in his third-floor residence in a boarding house, making him the seventh heat-related victim in Virginia since Sunday.

A police spokesman said the body of Charles Lynnelle Bailey was found Wednesday.

A spokeswoman with Virginia's Department of Health said Thursday the seven deaths include victims who had existing health conditions such as lung disease or a heart condition, which made them susceptible to temperatures in the 90s and higher.

Elizabeth Singer said three of the seven were direct heat deaths, people who succumbed because of prolonged exposure to the heat.

Anna Noller, forensic epidemiologist with the state medical examiner's office, said that generally results in a person being unable to regulate his or her body temperature.


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