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Heat To Blame In 5 Ala. Deaths Since May

Montgomery, AL – At least five deaths are being blamed on the hot weather in Alabama.

The Alabama Department of Public Health said Thursday it knows of four people who've died of heat-related problems since May 24. Two people died in Lee County, and Saint Clair and Madison counties each had one death.

Meanwhile, a man died Wednesday at a hospital in northwest Alabama from what relatives are describing as a heat stroke. The man reportedly was overcome while working on a farm on Monday.

Dr. Jim McVay of the state health agency says officials are worried about having so many heat-related deaths this early in the summer. He says there's normally a two-week delay in processing death certificates, so the actual number could be even higher.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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