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1,479 respiratory illness and 33 death recorded in the United States because of Vaping

 As reported by Reuters last October 18, 2019. The Chicago-US health officials on Thursday reported another 180 cases of vaping-related lung illnesses and start testing aerosols produced by e-cigarettes and vaping products as they search for the source of the nationwide outbreak that has so far killed 33 people in 24 states.

     The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also said it plans to start testing lung cells collected from people who became sick in the outbreak.

     The CDC now reports 1,479 confirmed and probable US cases of the mysterious respiratory illness tied to vaping.
     Last week, the CDC and the US Food and Drug Administration said that while many patients became ill after vaping products containing THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, some had only used nicotine vape products. They said more than one root cause may be behind the outbreak, and urged people to stop vaping, especially products containing THC.

     Investigators testing the aerosol produced when the liquids are heated might show whether that causes a chemical reaction that produces a toxic substance.

     Pathologists at the Mayo Clinic have likened the lung injuries to a chemical burn.

     A preliminary report seen by Reuters of vaping product samples collected from Wisconsin patients and tested by the FDA showed that more than half contained THC.

     Among the results, 14 products contained THC, nine of which also tested positive for vitamin E acetate, while another seven contained nicotine.


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