Vaping Outbreak Death Toll Climbs to More Than 2 Dozen

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Only Alaska has not seen a case.

A majority of the victims, 70%, have been male, and 80% have been under the age of 35. The median age of patients is 24 years and they range in age from 13 to 75 years.

The guidance comes after MI announced the state's first death from vaping-related lung injury last week.

For now, investigators suspect that some portion of the cases are due to a risky practice linked to the preparation of THC, but can not say for certain whether other cases have other causes innate to the vaping process.

Michigan's death is one of 26 that have occurred nationally, according to the CDC.

According to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as of October 8, 2019, 1,299 cases of vaping-related lung injury had been reported from 49 states and 1 USA territory.

The health department did not specify where in the state the deaths happened. The specific chemical exposure causing these lung injuries remains unknown.

The size of the outbreak also increased to almost 1,300 cases in 49 states, up from 1,080 cases in 48 states reported last week, the CDC said.

In a statement released on Friday, FDA Acting Commissioner Dr. Ned Sharpless said that the ongoing outbreak of vaping-related lung injuries continues to underscore the need "to gather critical information and provide consumers with actionable information to help best protect themselves and their loved ones". Most who got sick said they vaped products containing THC, the marijuana ingredient that causes a high, but about 1 in 8 said they vaped only nicotine.

Last month, Sioux Falls health director Jill Franken urged people to follow the CDC's recommendation to stop using e-cigarettes.

Schuchat advised physicians and other clinicians to incorporate advice on discouraging use of e-cigarettes with cannabis and nicotine when patients are hospitalized and after discharge.

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