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Vermont Health Department Urges Caution In Cold Weather

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The Vermont Health Department is reminding people to take care when they're outside during the winter cold.

Serious health problems can result from prolonged exposure to the cold.

Hypothermia is most likely at cold temperatures, but can occur even at temperatures above 40 degrees if a person becomes chilled from rain, sweat, or submersion in cold water.

Hypothermia most often affects older people who have inadequate food, clothing or heating, babies sleeping in cold rooms, people who are outside for long periods such as the homeless, hikers, and hunters, and those who drink alcohol or use drugs.

Even healthy adults can become hypothermic if not dressed warmly enough for weather conditions.

Officials also urge motorists to keep emergency supplies in their vehicles.

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