Four cases of heat-related illness reported in Columbia

Thursday, June 28, 2012 | 6:51 p.m. CDT; updated 6:32 p.m. CDT, Monday, July 2, 2012

COLUMBIA — Four people have gone to Columbia emergency rooms and clinics with heat-related illnesses since Wednesday.

Three people with dehydration caused by heat went to Providence Urgent Care for treatment, and Boone Hospital Center reported that one person visited its emergency room with a heat-related illness on Wednesday.

Jason Zerrer, a doctor at Providence Urgent Care, advised people to take precautions during the heat wave.

"We have not seen any people with serious heat illness such as heat stroke yet," Zerrer said. "My best advice is to stay inside during the hottest time of the day and make sure to keep hydrated."

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