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Heat over Northeast kills 6

By Ben Brumfield, CNN
July 18, 2013 -- Updated 0622 GMT (1422 HKT)

(CNN) -- Heat in the Northeast has taken at least six lives, health officials say. Five have died in Maryland over the course of the summer of heat-related causes; one man died last week in New York.

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A heat wave has been hanging over the northeast and the Midwest since early this week, driving up the heat index over 100 degrees in many places.

Extreme heat can be a major cause of death, and health officials warn that the elderly, children and people with cardiovascular conditions stay cool and drink plenty of water.

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CNN's AnneClaire Stapleton contributed to this report

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