Patients back in hospital after 'EVALI' vaping illness

Henrietta Brewer
October 12, 2019

Individual states have reported a total of 27 deaths: three in California; two each from Georgia, Kansas and OR; and one each from Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah and Virginia.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services issued updated guidance to health departments and providers on Friday, advising people to refrain from smoking vapes containing THC, a psychoactive component of marijuana, and consider refraining from vaping nicotine, as well.

People with lung injury associated with vaping or e-cigarette use could also have flu and other respiratory illnesses, USA health officials said Friday in updating advice to health-care professionals and the public.

The state also has not said what vaping device or material led to lung injury in that case.

"I think there will be multiple causes and potentially more than one root cause", Dr. Anne Schuchat of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told journalists.

About 70% of the 1,043 patients, on whom data is available, are male, with 15% below 18 years of age, according to the CDC.

32 per cent reported exclusive use of THC-containing products.

Another 58% said they used nicotine-containing products with or without THC.

"In Canada, we have seen the first cases of pulmonary illness related to vaping and a number of other incidents are under investigation".

The CDC, US Food and Drug Administration, state and local health departments, and other clinical and public health partners are continuing to investigate the multistage outbreak. The Argus Leader reports the 11 patients range in age from 16 to 44 years old.

The CDC has confirmed 805 lung injury cases associated with vaping across the nation.

In addition, Washington state Governor Jay Inslee has urged state agencies to ban flavored and cannabis-derived vaping products.

But authorities can not definitively exclude nicotine products, since 13 percent of all patients reported nicotine use only.

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