The numbers, present as of January 7, embody a complete of two,602 individuals hospitalized for lung damage linked to vaping in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.
“Reporting a dying in a teen attributable to EVALI is so tragic,” DCHHS Director Dr. Philip Huang mentioned in an announcement final week. The time period EVALI is used amongst well being officers as shorthand for “e-cigarette, or vaping, product use-associated lung damage.”
“We’re seeing that extreme lung injury, and even dying, can happen with simply brief time period use of those merchandise,” Huang added.
The CDC has not specified particulars on the identities of those that have died. The company did say, nonetheless, that the median age of deceased sufferers was 51 years, with deaths starting from age 15 by age 75. Extra deaths are nonetheless underneath investigation, the company mentioned.
The CDC’s earlier report on the outbreak of vaping-related lung accidents, launched on December 31, recorded 2,561 hospitalized circumstances of lung damage linked to vaping and 55 confirmed deaths — the youngest being 17. The CDC determined in early December to report solely circumstances that resulted in hospitalization.
Knowledge recommend the outbreak is likely to be on the decline after peaking in September, the CDC mentioned, however states proceed to report new circumstances and deaths to the company on a weekly foundation.
The CDC recommends that individuals not use e-cigarette merchandise that comprise THC. Whereas it seems that vitamin E acetate, a thickener utilized in some vaping merchandise, is related to lung damage circumstances, the company cannot rule out different chemical substances, it mentioned. Furthermore, no single product or model has been recognized as a sole wrongdoer.