General and specific mortality among the elderly during the 2003 heat wave in Genoa (Italy).

@article{Conti2007GeneralAS,
  title={General and specific mortality among the elderly during the 2003 heat wave in Genoa (Italy).},
  author={Susanna Conti and Maria Masocco and Paola Meli and Giada Minelli and Ernesto Palummeri and Renata Solimini and Virgilia Toccaceli and Monica Vichi},
  journal={Environmental research},
  year={2007},
  volume={103 2},
  pages={
          267-74
        }
}
The effects of heat waves on health can be serious for elderly persons, especially those in urban areas. We investigated in-depth the mortality excess during the 2003 heat wave among elderly persons (>74 years) in the City of Genoa (Italy). The excess in general mortality was calculated for the period July 16-August 31, as the ratio of observed to expected deaths. To evaluate "harvesting", we compared observed and expected mortality in the period September 2003-April 2004. We also studied the… CONTINUE READING

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