FDA and CDC Working Hard to Identify Substance Leading to Respiratory Illnesses

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is probing 450 cases of lung illness that may have been caused by e-cigarette use

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is probing 450 cases of lung illness that may have been caused by e-cigarette use

Officials are investigating more than 450 possible cases of a severe breathing illness among otherwise "healthy young people", they said on Friday.

Three additional deaths were confirmed on Friday in Indiana, Minnesota and California, following two previously reported deaths in IL and Oregon.

Dr Christiani called on doctors to discourage patients from using e-cigarettes. So far, no device, product, or substance has been tied to all of the cases.

After an announcement that was made from health officials in IL last week that revealed that a patient had died owing to severe respiratory illness, OR health officials have suggested that the case of an individual who died in July is actually consistent with the growing number of e-cigarette related reports that are spreading across the country. Vitamin E acetate is a commonly available nutritional supplement that is not known to cause harm when ingested as a vitamin supplement or applied to the skin. Unturned in following any potential leads, including Vitamin E acetate found in numerous samples containing THC and they are committed to taking appropriate measures as the facts are confirmed.

"The tragic loss of a Hoosier and rising number of vaping-related injuries are warnings that we can not ignore", State Health Commissioner Kris Box said in a statement.

Also on Friday, the New England Journal of Medicine released a series of articles which give medical details about cases reported in Illinois, Wisconsin and Utah.

The patients reported using vaping products with either THC, nicotine or both at least three months before getting sick.

"40 percent of high school seniors say they vape, so parents should be aware", Brad Hutton, a spokesman for the New York State Department of Health told PIX11 News in a Skype interview. The CDC and FDA are working together with local and state health departments on standardizing how these cases are identified and reported, as well as supporting state probes and analyzing samples collected from patients. Health official on Friday have urged people to stop vaping until there is clear conclusion of this investigation. According to CDC, this reinforces the serious health risks associated with e-cigarette products - as well as how much is still unknown.

Officials cautioned, however, that respiratory illnesses have been diagnosed where the vaping product did not contain marijuana.

The first case of the mysterious lung illness, in IL, came in April, indicating that the syndrome emerged earlier than the mid-June date that has been often cited by federal officials as the time the afflictions began.

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