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STATE FAIR: 90 treated for heat-related illnesses

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It only takes a second outside to know that the heat is on, but that didn't stop fairgoers from going to the great Minnesota get-together on a steamy Sunday.

Much of the state is under an excessive heat warning, and the stretch of hot weather could be one for the record books -- the warmest in 65 years of Minnesota State Fair festivities.

Over the weekend, the longest lines at the fairgrounds weren't for the craziest ride or favorite fare. The stretching waits found at the misting stations.

Medical crews told FOX 9 News dozens of people were treated for heat-related problems this weekend.

"The common theme we see in many of these patients is people overdoing it, not recognizing they're starting to get dizzy or light-headed, not staying hydrated," Dr. Aaron Burnette explained.

That's why organizers have extra ambulances, staff from Regions Hospital and the St. Paul Fire Department are on standby, but the best approach is to prevent a visit through preparation.

EMTS have some sound and simple advice that can keep people off of stretchers -- don't be in the sun for a long time and drink lots of water when the temperature tops the triple digits.

On Saturday, the medical aid stations saw at least 60 people over heat-related problems. On Sunday, they treated about 30, and staff members say they hope that means fairgoers are coming prepared.


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