Published: Fri, October 04, 2019
Health Care | By Harold Elliott

Virginia sees first vaping-related death as national toll rises to 16

Virginia sees first vaping-related death as national toll rises to 16

The count includes 18 deaths in 15 states. Twelve other folk comprise died in 10 states. "The remaining 20 percent are between the ages of 20 and 39". Three of the confirmed injury cases were in Summit County. A statement from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) noted that no particular substance or device type has been connected with these cases.

Some one in four high school students have used e-cigarettes in the past month, according to the CDC's latest figures. Another MMWR released from Wisconsin and IL shows similar findings says the CDC.

"While we do not yet know what exactly is causing people to become ill across the country, we do know that these lung injuries are serious, and in some instances even fatal", said Director of Health Nicole Alexander-Scott. The death that was not accounted for in the CDC update was a second fatality in OR, as reported by local news media.

Ninety percent of cases reported vaping THC, and 60 percent reported vaping nicotine.

In a similar report from IL and Wisconsin, almost all THC-containing products reported were packaged, prefilled cartridges that were primarily acquired from informal sources, such as friends, family, or illicit dealers.

No single product or substance has been linked to all of the cases, but the CDC is recommending people refrain from using e-cigarettes or other vaping products, especially those that contain THC.

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"And that black market dealers have been "cutting or diluting" with vitamin (E) oil as a cheap thickener", she added. "At this time, however, we can unfortunately not identify one product, brand, source, or device that's common across all patients", Dr. Schuchat said when questioned by media. The CDC states that "no consistent evidence of an infectious cause has been discovered", and as a result it is believed a "chemical exposure" is responsible for the lung injuries.

As of the end of September, there have been 31 lung injury cases, including the death, in Virginia.

In New Jersey, the patient was female, from the northern part of the state. "Most patients have required hospitalization, with some requiring the assistance of ventilators to help them breathe". Of those who were hospitalized, half required treatment in an intensive care unit. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is also aiding in the investigation. The identity of the victim and details surrounding her death were not released. "However there does remain a proportion of individuals who continue to report only using nicotine-based products".

Many states have joined in and banned the sale of vaping products temporarily in an effort to protect citizens from potential harm.

As of Friday, the CDC mentioned 805 lung disaster circumstances had been reported in 46 states and one United States territory.

The panel was asked about the steps taken by authorities to understand and cut off the supply chain.

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