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Heat Strokes on the US-Mexico Border: A Deadly Toll

Extreme heat has become a major hazard for migrants crossing the US-Mexico border, with dozens of deaths reported in recent months. The situation is particularly dire in months when temperatures in the Southwest can soar to dangerous levels.

In July 2023, US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) reported that over 100 migrants had died from heat-related causes in the border region since the start of the year. This is a significant increase from previous years, and it is likely due to a combination of factors, including climate change, the increasing number of migrants crossing the border, and the lack of adequate resources to support them.

Migrants who attempt to cross the border often do so in remote and harsh terrain, where they are exposed to extreme heat for hours or even days at a time. They may also be carrying heavy loads, which can further exhaust them and make them more vulnerable to heat stroke.

Heat stroke is a life-threatening condition that occurs when the body's temperature rises to dangerous levels. Symptoms include high fever, confusion, seizures, and loss of consciousness. If left untreated, heat stroke can lead to organ failure and death.

CBP agents have reported finding migrants who are severely dehydrated and suffering from heat stroke in remote areas of the border. Some migrants have been found dead, while others have been rescued and taken to hospitals for treatment.

The increase in heat-related deaths among migrants is a serious concern, and it is important to take steps to prevent these tragedies from happening. An important step is increasing funding resources for along the US/Mexico border. Heat related illnesses are extremely time sensitive and require immediate intervention.

Polar Skin continues to produce cooling products in support of USG rescue operations. Foreign and domestic.

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