US Officials revise vaping illness count to 380

US Officials revise vaping illness count to 380

US Officials revise vaping illness count to 380

USA health officials have narrowed their investigation of a mysterious lung disease that has killed at least six people to 380 "probable" and "confirmed" cases, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday.

Doctors suspect vaping as a possible cause of the illnesses, which are spread out over 36 states and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state officials have been investigating an outbreak that began materializing in the Midwest in July. Symptoms have included shortness of breath, fatigue, chest pain, diarrhoea and vomiting. Vaping has become popular, as many considered it healthier than smoking. The first death linked to using electronic cigarettes was reported in IL on August 23.

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services announced the numbers Thursday but provided no other information.

A focus in the investigation has been customizable "third-generation" vaping devices, which allow users to load in different liquids for vaping.

In many cases, people vaped both nicotine and THC, the marijuana compound that produces a high, the CDC told reporters last week.

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Health officials are urging people to avoid using e-cigarettes and THC vaping products amid the outbreak. That points to inhaling vapors containing fatty oils.

"Anyone who uses an e-cigarette or vaping product should not buy these products off the street and should not modify or add any substances to these products that are not intended by the manufacturer", CDC officials said. The CDC, "having the benefit for data all across the country, would be in a better position to nail that down".

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports St. Louis Children's Hospital confirmed the hospital is caring for two patients with possible illnesses related to vaping.

A confirmed case is someone who recently used an e-cigarette product or vaped, developed a breathing illness, and for whom testing did not show an infection. The CDC listed these states as California, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Minnesota, and Oregon.

Almost 28 percent of US adolescents surveyed this year said say they vaped at least once in the last 30 days, the government said.

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