Heat fatalities in Pima county, Arizona

Samuel M. Keim, Mary Z. Mays, Bruce Parks, Erik Pytlak, Robin M. Harris, Michael A. Kent

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The most common cause of heat fatalities is environmental exposure during heat waves. Deserts of the southwestern USA are known for temperatures that exceed 32 °C for 30 days or more; yet, heat-related fatalities are rare among residents of the region. We compiled data from the National Weather Service and the Office of the Medical Examiner in order to determine the relationship between temperature and occurrence of heat fatalities in Pima County, AZ. Logistic regression indicated that for each degree of increase in temperature (°C), there was a 35% increase in the odds of a heat fatality occurring (p < 0.001).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)288-292
Number of pages5
JournalHealth and Place
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2007


  • Environmental health
  • Heat
  • Heat fatality
  • Heatstroke
  • Immigration
  • Logistic regression

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies


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