39 vaping deaths reported as outbreak slows: 5 updates

The CDC reported 163 new cases of vaping-related illnesses this week, bringing the national case count to 2,051 as of Nov. 5. 

Five updates:

1. Thirty-nine people have died from EVALI — e-cigarette, or vaping, product use associated lung injury — in 24 states, up from 37 deaths a week prior. The deceased patients range in age from 17 to 75.

2. Of 1,364 patients with available age data, the majority (79 percent) are under age 35.

3. Of this group, 14 percent of patients are under age 18, 40 percent are ages 18-24, 25 percent are ages 25-34 and 21 percent are 35 or older.

4. EVALI-related Hospital admissions peaked the week of Sept. 8 at 201 admissions, declining steadily since then. Thirteen hospital admissions were reported the week of Oct. 23, which represents the most recent data available.

5. The source of the illness is still unknown. The only commonality among all cases is that patients use e-cigarettes or vaping products.

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