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Colorado health officials investigating state’s first suspected case of vaping-related illness – FOX 31 Denver

August 21st, 2019
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DENVER — Colorado health officials have sent a notice to physicians and emergency rooms across the state, warning them to be on the lookout for a mystery vaping illness that’s hospitalized dozens across the nation.

At least 100 people in more than 12 states have fallen seriously ill with lung complications. The only thing linking the cases is that the patients all reported vaping nicotine or THC before experiencing symptoms.

Wednesday night, the Colorado department of Public Health and Environment told FOX31 it’s investigating a suspected case in Colorado, which would be the state’s first.

“We don’t have a confirmed case,” said Dr. Tista Ghosh. “But we have a case we suspect might be linked.”

Ghosh is the chief medical officer for the CDPHE and says her team has been monitoring this for days.

“It is a big deal in that we’re trying to be sure that we’re not missing anything,” she said. “A lot of these cases are seriously ill, hospitalized, on respirators. They’re not breathing on their own.”

Studies show Colorado has the highest prevalence of teen vaping in the entire country, with one out of every three high school seniors admitting to using vaping products.

“Parents need to be aware that vaping is a major issue among teenagers in our state,” said Ghosh.

CDPHE would not comment on where in Colorado that suspected case is or reveal the patient’s age.

So far, cases have been reported in California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Michigan, North Carolina, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah and Wisconsin.

In many cases, patients have had difficulty breathing before being hospitalized.

There are no known deaths at this time.

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‘Bombshell’: How much do Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman resemble their Fox News figures? – USA TODAY

August 21st, 2019

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‘Bombshell’: How much do Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman resemble their Fox News figures? – usatoday.com

August 21st, 2019

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Apple will decide by the end of the year on use of BOE OLED panels for 2020 iPhones – GSMArena.com news – GSMArena.com

August 21st, 2019

According to a new report from the Nikkei, a Japanese business daily, Apple is now in the final stages of certifying OLED screens from BOE for use in its future iPhones. The flexible displays are apparently undergoing aggressive testing, which raises the possibility that Apple could for the first time source such panels from China.

The company is allegedly going to decide by the end of this year whether it will take BOE on as a supplier of OLED panels for the 2020 iPhones, in order to be less dependent on Samsung from this point of view. According to one source “familiar with the discussions”, BOE’s panels could be up to 20% cheaper than Samsung’s.

Apple will decide by the end of the year on use of BOE OLED panels for 2020 iPhones

Apple has long been rumored to desperately want to diversify its supply chain when it comes to OLED panels for iPhones. Currently Samsung is the main supplier, which is bad for Apple as a concept even when you don’t count the fact that Samsung also makes handsets that compete directly with the iPhones.

As such, since last year rumors have been popping up about Apple being in talks with BOE with the purpose of seeing the Chinese company enter its OLED panel supply chain for smartphones. Back in March this year BOE signalled its intention to supply Apple, then last month things seemed to be moving faster because of Japan’s export restrictions on Korea, which had the potential to mess with Samsung’s production.

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Deadly Powassan tick virus confirmed in Massachusetts resident, health officials say – WCVB Boston

August 21st, 2019

tick…and Massachusetts has the third highest number of cases in the country. In fact, this week, a Maynard resident was diagnosed with the virus. Dr. Todd Ellerin is the director of infectious diseases at South Shore Health. 32:42 We haven’t seen a lot of cases in the past, but over the past five years or so, especially Mass and a few other states have been seeing an increasing number of cases As of last year, there were 22 cases in the Commonwealth since the CDC began collecting data 10 years ago. High when you consider there have only been 133 cases nationwide over the last decade. 36:50 most people who acquire Powassan actually remain asymptomatic But for those who do come down with a fever or headache and develop encephalitis, the mortality rate is 10 percent. Survivors may still be left with severe neurological problems. Experts say your best defense is prevention – stay out of the woods and wear repellent?because if an infected tick latches on?you can become infected within as little as 15 minutes. 35:34 fortunately it’s rare, but it is scary

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Deadly Powassan tick virus confirmed in Massachusetts resident, health officials say


A Maynard resident was recently diagnosed with the Powassan virus, a deadly tick-borne illness, according to Town Administrator Greg Johnson and the Maynard Public Health Division.According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Powassan virus is rare but often severe. The virus can cause encephalitis, a potentially fatal swelling of the brain, or meningitis, inflammation of the membranes surrounding the brain and spinal cord that can be life-threatening. The number of reported cases of Powassan virus has increased in recent years. Massachusetts had 22 cases between 2009 and 2018, the third-highest total in the country.”We haven’t seen a lot of cases in the past, but over the past five years or so, especially Massachusetts and a few other states have been seeing an increasing number of cases,” said Dr. Todd Ellerin, the director of infectious diseases at South Shore Health.The Maynard Board of Health did not release any information about the patient’s condition. Most cases start with a fever, headache, vomiting and weakness.”Most people who acquire Powassan actually remain asymptomatic,” Ellerin said.The Powassan virus can only be spread to people by bites from infected ticks. But unlike other tick-borne diseases, it can be transmitted to a person in just 15 minutes. For comparison, it can take 36 to 48 hours for a tick to transmit Lyme disease to a person.”There are very few medications that we have to treat viruses in general, and for Powassan virus specifically, we have no specific antidote,” said Dr. Jennifer Lyons, of Brigham and Women’s Hospital.Although tick bites can happen at any time of the year, they are especially prevalent from April to September.Public health officials say the best protection against the Powassan virus is prevention. Daily tick checks are recommended, as well as using bug repellent that contains at least 20% DEET when going outside.

A Maynard resident was recently diagnosed with the Powassan virus, a deadly tick-borne illness, according to Town Administrator Greg Johnson and the Maynard Public Health Division.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Powassan virus is rare but often severe. The virus can cause encephalitis, a potentially fatal swelling of the brain, or meningitis, inflammation of the membranes surrounding the brain and spinal cord that can be life-threatening.

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The number of reported cases of Powassan virus has increased in recent years. Massachusetts had 22 cases between 2009 and 2018, the third-highest total in the country.

“We haven’t seen a lot of cases in the past, but over the past five years or so, especially Massachusetts and a few other states have been seeing an increasing number of cases,” said Dr. Todd Ellerin, the director of infectious diseases at South Shore Health.

The Maynard Board of Health did not release any information about the patient’s condition. Most cases start with a fever, headache, vomiting and weakness.

“Most people who acquire Powassan actually remain asymptomatic,” Ellerin said.

The Powassan virus can only be spread to people by bites from infected ticks. But unlike other tick-borne diseases, it can be transmitted to a person in just 15 minutes.

For comparison, it can take 36 to 48 hours for a tick to transmit Lyme disease to a person.

“There are very few medications that we have to treat viruses in general, and for Powassan virus specifically, we have no specific antidote,” said Dr. Jennifer Lyons, of Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Although tick bites can happen at any time of the year, they are especially prevalent from April to September.

Public health officials say the best protection against the Powassan virus is prevention. Daily tick checks are recommended, as well as using bug repellent that contains at least 20% DEET when going outside.

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B.C. official investigated for licences issued to workers arrested at Hastings Racecourse – Global News

August 21st, 2019

The arrest of multiple workers at Hastings Racecourse on Monday stemmed from an internal investigation into the B.C. official who issued them their credentials, immigration hearings for some of the workers heard Wednesday.

Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) arrested up to 25 people who work in the backstretch of the East Vancouver racetrack. About 15 were later released.

The CBSA said the early morning raid was related to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.

WATCH: (Aug. 20) CBSA makes multiple arrests at Hastings Racecourse

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On Wednesday, seven of the workers who remained in custody were given mandatory 48-hour review hearings.

Evidence presented revealed an internal investigation within the province’s gaming policy and enforcement branch (GPEB), which is responsible for issuing licences to racetrack workers.

The hearings heard GPEB was looking into one of its own investigators, who they believe facilitated racetrack licences without proper work authorization.

READ MORE: CBSA makes multiple arrests at Hastings Racecourse

Representatives of the workers say they paid for those licences, believing it was the proper process to get both a licence to work at the racetrack and work authorization in Canada.

All seven workers who had hearings Wednesday, most of whom are from Mexico, agreed to voluntarily leave the country and pay for their own flights back home.

The workers were also given accommodations at the racetrack, so without a licence or a place to live, representatives said they had little choice but to leave.

READ MORE: Man sentenced to 20 months in jail for role in B.C.’s largest immigration fraud case

“We hope to give these workers more information about open work permits and the legal resources available to them,” said Byron Cruz, who works with migrant rights group Sanctuary Health and attended the hearings.

“The most affected people in this situation are the workers. So what’s going to happen now?”

The investigator has not been named. Global News has reached out to the GPEB for comment.

WATCH: (June 11, 2018) Penticton businessman under CBSA microscope

Under provincial law, foreign workers who are employed in certain jobs at racetracks in B.C. must apply for a valid licence.

The application form for the licence requires the worker to state whether they are a Canadian citizen and what their immigration status is.

Those who say they are not a Canadian citizen are required to submit work permit or landed immigrant documents, the form states.

READ MORE: ‘No charges have been laid’: Singla family issues statement after CBSA raid

In a statement issued Tuesday, the B.C. Federation of Labour (BCFED) said it was “appalled to hear reports of the way the workers and their allies were treated during the raid.”

“Exploitation of migrant workers with and without documentation is rampant in B.C., which is why the Federation remains strong in its demand that B.C. become a Sanctuary Province to ensure that all workers are treated with dignity and respect,” president Laird Cronk said.

Global News has reached out to the BCFED for additional comment.

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Here’s the latest on aerial spraying for mosquitoes with deadly EEE virus – WCVB Boston

August 21st, 2019

From ticks to mosquitoes… Aerial spraying is EXPANDING to more parts of the state. The goal is to cut-down on mosquitoes with Triple-E. Spraying will start on Sunday in Worcester County and Middlesex County. A second round is scheduled for tonight in parts of Plymouth County and Bristol County. 37 communities are at high or critical risk for Triple-E. Two people have been diagnosed this summer.

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Here’s the latest on aerial spraying for mosquitoes with deadly EEE virus


The Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources are conducting another round of aerial spraying for mosquitoes in communities at high risk of the Eastern equine encephalitis virus.Spraying will take place in parts of Worcester and Middlesex counties beginning Sunday and is expected to continue for several evenings. This comes after the DPH confirmed Aug. 16 that a Grafton man between the ages of 19 and 30 was the second human EEE case in the state this year.The list of communities entirely in the spray zone includes Marlborough in Middlesex County and Grafton, Southborough and Westborough in Worcester County.The following communities are partially in the spray zone:Middlesex County: Ashland, Framingham, Hopkinton, SudburyWorcester County: Berlin, Milford, Millbury, Northbridge, Northborough, Shrewsbury, Sutton, Upton, WorcesterA second round of aerial spraying was set to begin Wednesday in parts of Bristol and Plymouth counties and is expected to continue for several evenings. Those areas were initially sprayed Aug. 8 and over the following days.Shortly after the initial round of aerial spraying began, state health officials confirmed on Aug. 10 that a man older than 60 from southern Plymouth County tested positive for EEE. The man’s family told WCVB that he is a Rochester resident.On Aug. 16, the Department of Public Health said a young goat in Bristol County contracted the virus.The list of communities entirely within the latest spray zone for Bristol and Plymouth counties includes the following:Bristol County: Acushnet, Berkley, Dighton, Freetown, Norton, Raynham, TauntonPlymouth County: Bridgewater, East Bridgewater, Carver, Hanson, Halifax, Lakeville, Middleborough, Pembroke, Plympton, Rochester, West Bridgewater, WhitmanThe following Bristol and Plymouth county communities are partially in the spray zone:Bristol County: Attleboro, Darmouth, Easton, Fairhaven, Fall River, Mansfield, New Bedford, Rehoboth, Somerset, SwanseaPlymouth County: Abington, Brockton, Duxbury, Hanover, Kingston, Marion, Marshfield, Mattapoisett, Norwell, Plymouth, Rockland, WarehamResidents are encouraged to visit the DPH website at this link for the latest updates on spraying in their communities. So far this year, 37 communities in Massachusetts have been found by the Department of Public Health to be at high or critical risk for the EEE virus.EEE is a rare but serious and potentially fatal disease that can affect people of all ages. EEE is generally spread to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito, the DPH said.

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources are conducting another round of aerial spraying for mosquitoes in communities at high risk of the Eastern equine encephalitis virus.

Spraying will take place in parts of Worcester and Middlesex counties beginning Sunday and is expected to continue for several evenings. This comes after the DPH confirmed Aug. 16 that a Grafton man between the ages of 19 and 30 was the second human EEE case in the state this year.

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The list of communities entirely in the spray zone includes Marlborough in Middlesex County and Grafton, Southborough and Westborough in Worcester County.

The following communities are partially in the spray zone:

  • Middlesex County: Ashland, Framingham, Hopkinton, Sudbury
  • Worcester County: Berlin, Milford, Millbury, Northbridge, Northborough, Shrewsbury, Sutton, Upton, Worcester

A second round of aerial spraying was set to begin Wednesday in parts of Bristol and Plymouth counties and is expected to continue for several evenings. Those areas were initially sprayed Aug. 8 and over the following days.

Shortly after the initial round of aerial spraying began, state health officials confirmed on Aug. 10 that a man older than 60 from southern Plymouth County tested positive for EEE. The man’s family told WCVB that he is a Rochester resident.

On Aug. 16, the Department of Public Health said a young goat in Bristol County contracted the virus.

The list of communities entirely within the latest spray zone for Bristol and Plymouth counties includes the following:

  • Bristol County: Acushnet, Berkley, Dighton, Freetown, Norton, Raynham, Taunton
  • Plymouth County: Bridgewater, East Bridgewater, Carver, Hanson, Halifax, Lakeville, Middleborough, Pembroke, Plympton, Rochester, West Bridgewater, Whitman

The following Bristol and Plymouth county communities are partially in the spray zone:

  • Bristol County: Attleboro, Darmouth, Easton, Fairhaven, Fall River, Mansfield, New Bedford, Rehoboth, Somerset, Swansea
  • Plymouth County: Abington, Brockton, Duxbury, Hanover, Kingston, Marion, Marshfield, Mattapoisett, Norwell, Plymouth, Rockland, Wareham

Residents are encouraged to visit the DPH website at this link for the latest updates on spraying in their communities.

So far this year, 37 communities in Massachusetts have been found by the Department of Public Health to be at high or critical risk for the EEE virus.

EEE is a rare but serious and potentially fatal disease that can affect people of all ages. EEE is generally spread to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito, the DPH said.

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Miley Cyrus ‘Devastated’ After Liam Hemsworth Files For Divorce: She ‘Loved Being Married’ – Hollywood Life

August 21st, 2019

Liam Hemsworth filed for divorce from Miley Cyrus on Aug. 21 and his decision has left the pop star ‘devastated’.

Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth’s love story is over. The actor, 29, filed for divorce from the singer, 26, after just eight months of marriage, and nearly a decade of dating. The couple first met in 2009 on the set of their movie The Last Song and have had a tumultuous ten years together. They even called off their engagement in 2013, before getting back together in 2015, and then finally getting married in December 2018. But, on Aug. 10 a rep for Miley confirmed that the couple had decided to “separate,” and 11 days later, Liam filed paperwork in an L.A. courthouse to make things official. Now a source close to the “Slide Away” singer tells HollywoodLife EXCLUSIVELY that she’s doing her best to come to terms with the end of her marriage.

Miley truly loved being married to Liam and is devastated that the marriage didn’t work,” says our source. “Marriage was really important to her and she valued the meaning of it. They had multiple discussions about growing their family and were planning on doing it much further down the road because they loved just spending time together as a little family with all their animals. She truly thought Liam was her best friend and is saddened this didn’t workout and the chapter is officially closing. When she got married, never in her wildest dreams did she think she’d be divorcing less than a year later. This is the last thing she ever thought would happen, let alone this soon. Things had never been better between them when they tied the knot.”

Although it wasn’t Miley that filed the paperwork, our source insists she wasn’t exactly shocked by the news. “Miley was not fully blindsided by Liam’s filing since they had already separated,” says our source. “They really haven’t been speaking.” Instead, Miley has been spending her time with Brody Jenner‘s ex-“wife”, Kaitlynn Carter, 30.

Miley and Kaitlynn were first spotted packing on the PDA during an Italian getaway. They were photographed in bikinis making out poolside at a resort in Lake Como on Aug. 9. Now, they’re both back home in L.A. and they are still joined at the hip. They were even reportedly spotted at Soho House in West Hollywood on Aug. 16, openly kissing and cuddling.

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August 21st, 2019

Police officers who failed to find Langley teen overdose victim under investigation – Global News

August 21st, 2019

The RCMP officers who responded to a 911 call placed up to two hours before a Langley teenager died of an apparent overdose are being investigated by B.C.’s police watchdog.

Fourteen-year-old Carson Crimeni was found barely breathing in a ditch near the Walnut Grove Skateboard Park on Aug. 7. Despite the teens who found him calling 911, Crimeni was later pronounced dead in hospital.

WATCH: (Aug. 9) Friends and peers mourn Langley teen’s apparent overdose

Video and pictures posted to Snapchat earlier that day appeared to show Crimeni high on drugs, growing visibly agitated while a group of teenagers surround and laugh at him.

The Independent Investigations Office (IIO) said Wednesday an earlier call was placed to 911 around 8 p.m. by someone who saw that Snapchat material and was concerned for Crimeni’s welfare.

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READ MORE: ‘They knew he was dying’: Father of Langley teen overdose victim wants bystanders charged

“Two officers attended the location to conduct a welfare check but could not locate the youth,” the IIO said in a statement.

The IIO is now investigating to determine whether those officers’ actions or inaction played a role in what happened, and are seeking potential witnesses.

Wednesday’s statement clarified the watchdog’s involvement in the investigation, after it provided few details in the hours following Crimeni’s death.

WATCH: (Aug. 9) Father of dead Langley teen demands justice for son

At the time, the IIO would only say it was investigating because “police were in proximity of the boy, looking for him.”

Police believe Crimeni spent his final hours on foot between the skate park, the grounds of Walnut Grove Secondary School and the nearby Walnut Grove Athletic Park.

Crimeni’s grandfather has said Aron Crimeni, Carson’s father, had called him in a panic saying the teen was late coming home.

READ MORE: Langley teen overdose victim would have helped others if given the chance, family says

Darrel Crimeni went out to look for his grandson, eventually coming across the flashing police lights that led him to where Carson was found.

Aron Crimeni has repeatedly wondered whether an earlier call to 911 could have saved his son’s life, and has called for the teens in the Snapchat video to be charged.

READ MORE: ‘It’s so wrong’: Family, peers call for justice in apparent overdose death of Langley teen

Langley RCMP have not said whether they are considering charges, but have said they are continuing to investigate.

Global News has reached out to the Crimeni family for further comment.

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