1,080 cases associated with vaping from 48 states; 18 deaths — CDC

Henrietta Brewer
October 5, 2019

The state has another nine confirmed and 12 probably cases of the lung illness, and are investigating another 63 cases, said Secretary and the state suspects that more than 20 other people have been taken ill with vaping-related lung problems.

The outbreak of cases, first reported in July, has confounded health experts.

Recently, 275 cases have been added to the tally each week, and about half of the newest batch were people hospitalized in the last two weeks.

Doctors say the illnesses resemble an inhalation injury.

Federal and state health officials still haven't identified the single common element between all of these vaping cases, making the ultimate cause unknown. But so far, it has not found any one product or compound linked to all the cases. But most who got sick said they vaped products containing tetrahydrocannabinol or THC, the ingredient that gives marijuana its high.

As part of the investigation, health officials have been zeroing in on potential clues - including the prevalence of THC-containing products, in particular.

The FDA has collected over 440 samples from 18 states to date, said McMeekin, and is continuing to gather and analyze more. "We are working with the CDC along with health departments across the country to find out what the specific causes of these injuries are to educate the public by providing the information needed to mitigate the risk of illness and death".

India has issued an outright ban on all e-cigarette products, as has the U.S. state of MA.

The Trump Administration has made moves to ban all flavored e-cigarettes from the market, but several states have already passed their own bans, including Michigan, New York, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and California-the home state of Juul, the industry's leading e-cigarette maker.

Additional deaths are under investigation, Schuchat said.

"I think we really have the feeling right now that there may be a lot of different nasty things in e-cigarette or vaping products, and they may cause different harms in the lung", Anne Schuchat, a senior official with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), said in a call with reporters. E-cigarettes should not be used by youth, young adults, pregnant women or people who have not previously used tobacco products, according to CDC. Many of the THC-containing products linked to the outbreak in IL and Wisconsin came from "off the street" and not dispensaries, but Schuchat said it was premature to rule out any other concerning products.

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