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At least 21 deaths linked to frigid weather, as hospital treat dozens of frostbite victims

from Reuters via Huffington Post

Tens of millions of Americans braved Arctic-like temperatures as low as minus 56 degrees Fahrenheit that paralyzed the U.S. Midwest and were blamed for at least 21 deaths. Officials across multiple states linked numerous deaths to the frigid air. The death toll rose from a previous 12 after at least nine more people in Chicago were reported to have died from cold-related injuries, according to Stathis Poulakidas, a doctor at the city's John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital. Poulakidas, a trauma specialist, said the hospital had seen about 25 frostbite victims this week. He said the most severe cases risked having fingers and toes amputated. more


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