THIRTEEN Americans have died of vaping-linked illness and 805 have severe lung damage

Mail Online | 9/26/2019 | Daily Mail Reporter;Associated Press
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Hundreds more Americans have been reported to have a vaping-related breathing illness, and the death toll has risen to 13, health officials said Thursday.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said 805 confirmed and probable cases have been reported, up 52% from the 530 reported a week ago.

Point - Illnesses - State

At this point, illnesses have occurred in almost every state.

The confirmed deaths include two in California, two in Kansas, two in Oregon and one each in Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, and Missouri.

Mississippi - Death - Officials - State - Thursday

The Mississippi death was announced by officials in that state Thursday and a second death in Oregon was revealed by authorities later in the day.

Over the summer, health officials in a few states began noticing reports of people developing severe breathing illnesses, with the lungs apparently reacting to a caustic substance.

Factor - Illnesses - Patients

The only common factor in the illnesses was that the patients had all recently vaped.

As a national investigation started and broadened, reports have increased dramatically.

Cases - Week - CDC - Details - Symptoms

It’s not clear how many of the 275 added cases occurred in the last week, and how many are being logged long after they happened. The CDC has not released details on when symptoms began in each case.

The agency’s count includes only illnesses that have met certain criteria. Other illnesses are also being investigated.

Patients - Products - THC - Ingredient - Marijuana

Most patients have said they vaped products containing THC, the ingredient that produces a high in marijuana. The investigation has been increasingly focused on products containing THC, with some attention on ingredients added to marijuana oil.

But some patients have said they vaped only nicotine.

Health - Officials - People - Product - Cause

Currently, health officials are advising people not to use any vaping product until the cause is better understood.

The latest statistics come after Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Ned Sharpless admitted the agency 'must do more' to stop the deaths and teen addictions linked to vaping...
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