380 lung injury cases linked to vaping, CDC says

The CDC has narrowed down the wave of suspected vaping-related lung illnesses to 380 cases in 36 states.

Last week, the agency said it was reviewing 450 cases of severe lung illness in the U.S. This figure included possible cases that state health officials were still investigating. From now on, the CDC will only report confirmed and suspected cases in which patients:

  • Recently used an e-cigarette or vaping product
  • Developed a breathing illness
  • Did not show an infection through some or all testing
  • Had other common causes of illness ruled out

So far, six people have died from severe lung illnesses in California, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Minnesota and Oregon. Health officials are urging people to abstain from using e-cigarettes or vaping until they can identify a common source for the cases.

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