The CDC is studying electric scooter injuries for the first time

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is examining the rise of injuries related to shareable electric scooters, according to CNBC. The study was launched at the request of the Public Health and Transportation departments in Austin, Texas, where local health officials are seeing more injuries related to scooters offered by popular ride-sharing companies Bird and Lime.

There have been other studies into the spike in scooter-related injuries, but the Austin study is the first to be overseen by federal epidemiologists. Austin Public Health is working with three CDC researchers to examine severe injuries that occurred in the city from September to November 2018. They will be interviewing people who were injured by or while…

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