Public Health Report: Initial Findings from the Maui Wildfire Exposure Study

Following the devastating wildfires from August 8-11, 2023, the Maui community has faced significant challenges including environmental hazards, air pollution, and toxic substances that pose additional long-term health risks. In response, we launched the Maui Wildfire Exposure Cohort Study (MauiWES).  Our initial findings highlight the critical health needs to address acute conditions, including depression, hypertension, respiratory issues, and other risk factors that portend long-term chronic disease progression. 

4 thoughts on “Public Health Report: Initial Findings from the Maui Wildfire Exposure Study”

  1. Was the question asked if the respondents had received the vax or not, and if so , were the results between the two groups studied? To overlook this possibility seems to limit the data and perhaps outcomes.

  2. We gathered the vaccine information but had to restrict what we shared due to the short timeframe between collecting the data and its release, which was just a few days. We might include stratification once the sample size increases.

    1. Thx for the reply. I’m a bit confused. You were able to collate other info but not to include anything related to or looking for possible ramifications of how vax status may or may not have had any impact. Wouldn’t you look for a control group for comparison? Frankly any “restrictions” in regards to vax raises doubts. Seems there have been far too many restrictions re: objective info regarding vax effects.

  3. Chiming in as a retired pediatrician and licensed in Hawaii and California.
    Vaccine effects do occur but are rare. Those side effects are tracked by the US federal government and the VAERS system already. The people exposed to the Maui fire event of August 2023 do not have a centralized process to track the medical impact of the fire disaster. Fall out from the event, air quality, water quality, and other environmental factors can contribute to risk of specific diseases in the future. This study helps to track those impacts for the people of Maui and adjacent islands under the plume on Aug 8-10, 2023. If you are not enrolled and from Maui, I encourage participation.

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