2 RI cases added to national probe into vaping illnesses

2 RI cases added to national probe into vaping illnesses


SURVEYING THE DAMAGE. (CG) AS VAPING ILLNESSES CONTINUE TO RISE ACROSS THE COUNTRY — HEALTH OFFICIALS HERE IN RHODE ISLAND … HAVE NOW CONFIRMED TWO PEOPLE WERE HOSPITALIZED IN EARLY SEPTEMBER — BELIEVED TO HAVE SUFFERED FROM LUNG-RELATED ILNESSES. (MM) THESE CASES HAVE NOW BEEN SENT TO THE—– F-D-A AND C-D-C—- AS PART OF THEIR NATIONAL INVESTIGATION. EYEWITNESS NEWS REPORTER MOLLY O’BRIEN SPOKE WITH THE RHODE ISLAND DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH — AND IS LIVE IN STUDIO WITH WHAT SHE’S LEARNED… (MO) THE CDC RELEASING UPDATED NUMBERS… NOW… OVER 1000 CASES OF LUNG DISEASE LINKED WITH VAPING. THE RHODE ISLAND DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH CONFIRMS TWO OF THOSE CASES ARE IN RHODE ISLAND. THURSDAY… THE CDC REPORTS THE NUMBER OF LUNG INJURY CASES LINKED TO VAPING CONTINUES TO RISE. LATEST NUMBERS SHOW 1,080 CONFIRMED AND PROBABLE LUNG INJURY CASES ASSOCIATED WITH VAPING IN THE US AND TERRITORIES…ALONG WITH 18 DEATHS IN 15 STATES. “THEY DON’T EXACTLY KNOW WHAT IS CAUSING PEOPLE TO GET ILL,” JOSEPH WENDELKEN WITH THE RHODE ISLAND DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH CONFIRMS THE LATEST NUMBERS REFLECT TWO CASES FROM RHODE ISLAND. “SYMPTOM ONSET STARTED EARLY SEPTEMBER, BOTH INDIVIDUALS WERE HOSPITALIZED, BOTH FOR ROUGHLY A WEEK, BOTH WERE DISCHARGED AND ARE RECOVERING,” EYEWITNESS NEWS ALSO LEARNED– THE CASES ARE NOT LINKED…ONE PERSON IS BETWEEN 18 TO 24-YEARS-OLD. THE OTHER IS 25 TO 35-YEARS-OLD. WENDELKEN SAYS THE DOH IS CLOSE TO RELEASING THE NEW REGULATIONS DEVELOPED AFTER GOVERNOR GINA RAIMONDO ISSUED AN EMERGENCY EXECUTIVE ORDER WITH A FOCUS ON PROTECTING YOUTH FROM THE HARMS OF VAPING…. “WE’RE TRYING TO BALANCE THE URGENCY OF THE MATTER WITH TRYING TO BE VERY THOUGHTFUL AND DELIBERATE AND MAKE SURE WE’RE DOING THE OUTREACH WE NEED TO,” (MO) THE CDCS RECOMMENDS PEOPLE WHO VAPE… DO NOT BUY ANY PRODUCTS OFF OF THE STREET AND DO NOT MODIFY YOUR DEVICES.

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