Vaping cases near 1,500 mark: 6 updates

The CDC reported 180 new cases of vaping-related illnesses this week, bringing the national case count to 1,479 as of Oct. 15.

Six updates:

1. Vaping-related illnesses have occurred in every state but Alaska.

2. Thirty-three people have died from the illnesses in 24 states, up from 26 deaths a week prior. The median age of deceased patients is 44.

3. The CDC has obtained complete demographic data on 1,358 patients who range from ages 13 to 75. Of these, 70 percent are male, and 79 percent are under age 35.

4. The source of the illnesses is still unknown, although health officials said they believe THC products may play a role.

5. Of the 849 patients who shared information on vaping habits, 78 percent reported using products containing THC in the three months before they got sick. 

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