44 die due to cold weather in Mexico

February 20th, 2012 - 7:10 am ICT by IANS  

Mexico City, Feb 20 (IANS/EFE) The winter season and low temperatures in Mexico have led to the death of at least 44 people, the government said.The health secretariat said the deaths were caused by hypothermia, carbon monoxide poisoning and burns.

The 44 deaths occurred between October last year and Feb 16.

A total of 31 people died due to carbon monoxide poisoning, 11 due to hypothermia and two from burns.

Most of the deaths occurred in the northern states. Chihuahua had the maximum with 21 deaths.

The secretariat asked people to take preventive measures such as strengthening their bodies’ defences with food rich in vitamins C and D and drinking plenty of liquids and to wrap up to stay warm.


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