USA vaping illness count tops 500, but cause remains unknown

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USA vaping illness count tops 500, but cause remains unknown

Vaping-related illnesses have affected Americans of all ages, but are more common in younger people who are not usually prone to lung disease. That's up from 380 patients reported last week.

The CDC and various state health departments have reported widespread use of products containing THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, the psychoactive substance within cannabis, among people who became ill. "There's no one compound ingredient constituent including vitamin E acetate that is showing up in all of the samples".

The CDC has, as of September 17, received reports of 530 confirmed and probable cases of vaping-related lung illnesses, and seven confirmed deaths.

Meanwhile, the Food and Drug Administration revealed that its criminal investigations unit started tracking leads early on. No one cause or set of causes has been linked to all of the cases, the CDC reported. The state is asking residents to fill out a confidential online survey about their vaping habits to help pinpoint the differences between people who vaped and got sick, and those who didn't.

During a conference call between state health officials and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), earlier this month, investigators said they'd found a chemical called vitamin E acetate in nearly all of the samples of THC e-cigs they had tested.

IL health officials are asking people who use e-cigarettes - whether they are ill or healthy - to fill out an anonymous survey about their vaping habits.

Some of the hospitalized patients reported using bootleg e-cigarette liquids that they purchased on the street, prompting the health agency to warn Americans against these products.

According to the CDC, more than half the patients are under 25, with two-thirds between 18 and 34, and 16% under 18.

"We do expect others", Dr. Anne Schuchat, principal deputy director of the CDC, told reporters, referring to the number of deaths.

"Identifying any compounds present in the samples is the one piece of the puzzle and will not necessarily answer questions about causality", he said.

"The e-cigarette and vaping-related lung injuries are serious". Zeller said the investigation is ongoing, but the office is not pursuing any prosecutions related to personal use of e-cigarette products. Symptoms include coughing, shortness of breath, fatigue, vomiting and diarrhea. "We ask you to take these recommendations seriously".

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