The Centers for Disease Control has initiated its Emergency Operations Center in response to the ongoing lung illness linked to vaping.
“CDC has made it a preference to find out what’s causing this outbreak of e-cigarette or vaping-associated injuries and deaths,” mentioned CDC Director Robert Redfield, M.D. “Activation of CDC’s Emergency Operations Center permits us to enhance operations and supply further assist to CDC staff working to protect our Nation from this serious health threat.”
The seventh death attributed to the pulmonary disease was reported this week. According to the news channel, a 40-year-old California man died over the weekend from problems associated with using e-cigarettes. Other deaths have been reported in Kansas, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, and Oregon.
Thirty-six states have reported cases of the illness, with symptoms ranging from respiration issues to gastrointestinal problems. Nationally, there are confirmed 380 cases; a figure revised downward from 450 the previous week because of a CDC change in reporting possible incidents that had been under investigation.
The activation of the EOC will allow the agency to “provide increased operational support” associated with the outbreak. CDC is working with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to collect information about e-cigarette product use, or vaping, among patients and test the substances or chemical substances within the products used by patients.
While the investigation continues, the CDC recommends people not use e-cigarettes or vaping products. For those who do vape, it is suggested not to buy any of the products off the street or modify or add substances to existing e-cigarettes.