The State Health Department has issued a statewide Hot Weather Health Advisory today due to the high temperatures and humidity across the state. The advisory reminds Missourians of the dangers posed by the high heat and humidity and urges them to take extra precautions to prevent heat-related illness and death. Residents are encouraged to check on their elderly family members and neighbors regularly to be sure they’re not suffering from the effects of high temperatures. Do not leave infants and children unattended in hot environments. To date in 2004, there have been 2 reported heat-related deaths in Missouri, and 65 heat-related illnesses have been reported. In 2003, 17 Missourians died due to heat-related causes.