Sask. Ministry of Health watching for vaping-related illness
Sask. Ministry of Health watching for vaping-related illness
A woman exhales while vaping from a Juul pen e-cigarette in Vancouver Washington this year
24 September, 2019, 01:17
Why it matters: The vaping-related lung disease outbreak in the U.S. has risen to 530 confirmed and probable cases as the number of deaths reaches seven. In addition to investigating other potential cases of severe lung illness associated with e-cigarette use, MaineCDC continues its work with partners across the state to help prevent people from initiating use of and exposure to e-cigarettes.
Those figures, released this week, add to the CDC's national total of at least 380 confirmed and probable cases in 36 states and the U.S. Virgin Islands. This is the United States' eighth death linked to severe lung injury and illness tied to e-cigarettes. The deaths occurred in California, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Oregon, Minnesota, and Missouri.
'Once the lungs are injured by vaping, we don't know how quickly it worsens and if it depends on other risk factors'. Patients have reported vaping THC oils in combination with nicotine products. "It presented in Yellowstone County and followed the typical presentation that we're seeing with this disease with some respiratory issues and had a history of vaping".
"We are sad to report that this illness associated with vaping has now resulted in a death in Missouri and extend our condolences to his family", Dr. Randall Williams, health department director, said in the release. "In order to solve what is causing these illnesses, it's imperative that people impacted cooperate with the investigation so that accurate information can be gathered", he said.
Saskatchewan's health minister says public health officials are paying close attention to the possibility of vaping-related injuries in the province. Two thirds (67%) of cases in this investigation are people 18 to 34 years old, and 16% are younger than 18 years old.
The FDA says its criminal investigations arm is now exploring the supply chain of vaping products to identify the cause of the outbreak. "All of the patients we've seen here have improved", says Daniel Fox, a pulmonologist and critical care expert at WakeMed.
The FDA said it's gathered more than 150 vaping product samples for forensic analysis, according to USA Today. Zeller noted marijuana is illegal in some states, which means some individuals have to purchase THC products "in an alley or on the street" (Sun, Washington Post, 9/19; Aubrey, "Shots", NPR, 9/19; Branswell, STAT News, 9/19; AP/New York Times, 9/19; CDCfact sheet, 9/19).
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