CDC Activates Emergency Operations Center to Respond to Vaping-Related Lung Illness

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced this week it has activated its Emergency Operations Center to increase support for the investigation into hundreds of cases of severe lung illnesses associated with vaping.

The Emergency Operations Center coordinates responses to public health emergencies. “CDC has made it a priority to find out what is causing this outbreak of e-cigarette or vaping-related injuries and deaths,” CDC Director Robert Redfield said in a statement. “Activation of CDC’s Emergency Operations Center allows us to enhance operations and provide additional support to CDC staff working to protect our nation from this serious health threat.”

Reuters reports the CDC has confirmed six deaths and is investigating 380 confirmed or probable cases of vaping-related illness in 36 states and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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