- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 14, 2016

PHOENIX (AP) - Maricopa County health officials have confirmed the first heat-related fatality this year.

They say an otherwise healthy elderly woman died in early June.

The county Department of Public Health says the woman in her 90s was found dead in her backyard after suffering from heat exposure.

The agency on Tuesday didn’t provide the woman’s name, her exact age, city of residence or the date she died.

County health officials say it could take weeks to release a specific date of death.

More Americans die each year from heat-related incidents than from all other national disasters combined.

Last year, Maricopa County recorded 84 heat-related deaths.

County officials say about 40 percent of heat-related deaths occur indoors.

They stress the importance of keeping the air-conditioning running.


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