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first aid: Heatstroke

Symptoms: High temperature (as high as 108–112°C/42–44°C), hot dry skin, rapid pulse, possibly unconsciousness. Treatment: Immediately undress victim and sponge with or immerse in cool water or wrap in water-soaked sheets. Use fan or air conditioner.

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