Hundreds of Americans have reported that they have a sheep-related respiratory disease, and the death toll has risen to 13, health officials said Thursday.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 805 confirmed and probable cases were reported, an increase of 52% compared to the 530 reported a week ago.
At this point, diseases have occurred in almost every state.
The confirmed deaths include two in California, two in Kansas, two in Oregon and one each in Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Mississippi and Missouri.
The Mississippi death was announced Thursday by officials in that state and a second death in Oregon was revealed by authorities later in the day.
Sheep-related diseases led to the death of 13 Americans in 10 states (red), the CDC said Thursday. Another 805 are seriously ill after using e-cigs, most of which contain THC
In the summer, health officials in some states began noticing reports of people developing severe respiratory diseases, with the lungs apparently responding to a corrosive substance.
The only common factor in the diseases was that all patients had recently evaporated.
When a national investigation started and broadened, the reports increased dramatically.
The last death occurred in Oregon and someone admitted to the hospital with respiratory symptoms after the evaporation of cannabis products. In Florida, a vaper under the age of 30 marked the first vape death of the state
HOW VAPING MAY DAMAGE THE BODY
The aromas in e-cigarettes can damage blood vessels in the same way as heart disease, according to a study published in June.
The chemicals used to give the vapor flavors, such as cinnamon, strawberry and banana, can cause inflammation in cells in the arteries, veins and the heart.
They ensure that the body responds in a way that mimics the early signs of heart disease, heart attack, or stroke, the Boston University study found.
Other recent studies have also suggested that smoking e-cigarettes can cause DNA mutations that can lead to cancer and cause bacteria that cause pneumonia to stick to the lungs more easily.
Researchers at New York University have exposed human bladder and lung cells to e-cigarette vapor, which is marketed as healthier than tobacco.
They found the cells mutated and became cancer much faster than expected and mice exposed to the vapor also suffered significant DNA damage.
It is not clear how many of the 275 added cases have occurred in the past week and how many have been recorded in the logbook for a long time. The CDC has not released details about when the symptoms started in any case.
The agency's census only covers diseases that have met certain criteria. Other diseases are also being investigated.
Most patients have said that they have used products that contain THC, the ingredient that produces a lot of marijuana. The research is increasingly focused on products that contain THC, with some attention to ingredients added to marijuana oil.
But some patients have said that they have only evaporated nicotine.
Currently, health officials advise people not to use an evaporation product until the cause is better understood.
The latest statistics come after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Ned Sharpless has admitted that the agency must do & # 39; more & # 39; to stop the deaths and teenage addictions associated with vape in his testimony before congress Wednesday.
Although the outbreak of these mysterious diseases began in the Midwest, the latest deaths are concentrated in the south.
Nationally, more than 800 cases of respiratory diseases have been associated with sheep. Juul is the maker of some of the popular e-cigarettes and has been attacked by health officials
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on Wednesday that it would reduce about 1,000 possible cases of serious pneumonia-like illness to the use of e-cigarettes, suggesting that the 805 reported Thursday could be the tip of the iceberg to be.
Sharplesss said FDA flavored e-cigs will not & # 39; be banned & nbsp; but will soon finalize rules to force companies to take these products off the market until they have gone ahead and are lit green by the pre-market approval process from the FDA.
He added that although most lung injuries are related to THC vapen, health officials have not identified any consistent cause between them.
CDC Deputy Director, Ann Schuchat, said Wednesday before the convention that there are probably & # 39; hundreds of cases & # 39; will be.
In collaboration with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), the FDA is trying to track down the vapors that have made people ill by their sources and intend to file charges against their makers – but not against users.
& # 39; The FDA does not undertake any actions related to personal use of evaporation products, our interest is with suppliers, & # 39; Sharpless said.
& # 39; But for the sake of clarity, if we determine that someone produces or distributes illegal, counterfeit sheep products that caused disease and death for personal gain, we would consider that a criminal act. & # 39;
This week a major failure was made by the local police in Minnesota.
Police and health officials have seized there about 77,000 illegal vaping patterns that contain THC – the psychoactive ingredient in cannabis – an estimated $ 3.8 million trait.
Commissioner Sharpless said the second point of the FDA's upcoming enforcement actions will be to try the so-called & # 39; teen vape epidemic & # 39; to stop.
According to the latest figures from the CDC, one in four high school students used e-cigarettes in the last month.
The most popular flavors among underage users are fruity, mint, and menthol, and companies such as Juul Labs are facing investigations as to whether their sweetly flavored pigs were deliberately sold to children and teenagers.
A huge stock of nearly 77,000 illegal THC vapes in colorful packaging with the & # 39; Thank Vapes & # 39; (photo) was confiscated by law enforcement officials in Minnesota on Monday, as US health officials warned that bootleg e-cigs may be blamed for hundreds of lung diseases
Michigan and New York have temporarily banned flavored e-cigarettes and Massachusetts has stopped selling all e-cigarettes over the next four months. Illinois is currently drafting legislation for a flavored e-cigarette ban.
Sharpless was careful to make it clear that the FDA's upcoming enforcement actions, backed by President Trump, will not ban flavored e-cigarettes.
& # 39; The FDA intends to enforce existing legislation that restricts the marketing of such products, & # 39; he said.
& # 39; This policy does not mean that flavored e-cigarettes can never be placed on the market.
& # 39; If a company can demonstrate through a request to the FDA that a specific product meets Congress standard, the FDA would allow that (e-cigarette) product to be purchased. & # 39;
But until then, the FDA expects e-cigarette companies to get their products off the shelves.
Sharpless said it is the & # 39; FDA & # 39; s intention to shortly complete a compliance policy on flavored (e-cigarettes) & # 39; but did indicate when & # 39; soon & # 39; could be.
TIMETABLE OF THE THIRTEEN VAPING DEATHS IN THE USA.
FIRST VICTIM – Illinois
An Illinois man said he used e-cigarettes to smoke THC. He died on August 24 after his lungs failed when he developed a mysterious lung disease.
SECOND VICTIM – 1st Oregon
The second person to die after foxing was a middle-aged Oregon resident.
They would have recently started using an e-cigarette with cannabis oil from a legal pharmacy and died somewhere at the end of August.
THIRD VICTIM – Indiana
A third victim in Indiana died of the mysterious lung disease in August.
The patient was only described as & # 39; elderly & # 39; and little else is known about them.
FOURTH VICTIM – Minnesota
The fourth victim, a 65-year-old man, died somewhere in August, but his death was not confirmed until 6 September.
Minnesota officials said the patient had used the electronic devices to smoke THC.
FIFTH VICTIM – 1st California
A 55-year-old man from Los Angeles was the fifth person to lose his life after smoking the e-cigarettes. He died on 7 September.
SIXTH VICTIM – 1st Kansas
A woman in her fifties was the sixth person who succumbed to diseases related to vape.
The Kansas-born woman, who had a history of health problems, died on September 12.
SEVENTH VICTIM – 2nd California
A man from California became the seventh person to die after using the devices. The 40-year-old from Tulare County died on September 17.
EIGHTH VICTIM – Missouri
The forties of Missouri became the eighth victim to die from vape.
He had normal lung function until he started using the devices in May.
The victim began to experience breathing problems that gradually worsened before being taken to the St. Louis hospital on August 22. He died on September 19.
NINTH VICTIM – 2nd Kansas
A man in his fifties became the second resident of Kansas who died of the vape-related disease.
He would be a regular vaper who & # 39; underlying health problems & # 39; had. He died on September 24.
TENTH VICTIM – Georgia
Georgia identified the first death of the state by a sheep-associated disease.
The patient had a history of heavy nicotine vapors, but no reported history of THC vapors, the active ingredient in marijuana.
ELEVENTH VICTIM – Florida
No information about the person who died in Florida is made available by the Florida Department of Health.
TWELFTH VICTIM – Mississippi
According to the Mississippi State Department of Health, death occurred on a person under the age of 30 who marked the first death of the state by vapen.
THIRTEENTH VICTIM – 2nd Oregon
The most recent death was a person who, according to the Oregon Health Authority, was admitted to a hospital with respiratory symptoms.
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