Combination of vitamin E acetate and THC could be the cause of the national outbreak of swine diseases that killed 40 and made more than 2,000 people sick
- For the first time, the CDC has found a possible chemical cause of the wave of lung diseases that has reduced 2,051 and killed 40 people in the US.
- All 29 samples of evaporation products used by patients tested by the agency contained vitamin E acetate
- 23 of the 28 samples contained THC, which was previously the main suspect
- The vitamin derivative is oily and & # 39; sticky & # 39; CDC officials said Friday
- Officials continue to warn about the use of e-cigarettes purchased on the street and advise young adults, children and pregnant women to refrain from vaping
Scientists may finally know what lies behind lung diseases that have made more than 2,000 people in the US sick: a combination of THC and an oil derived from vitamin E, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said Friday.
Because it was discovered that vapen is a common thread in the wave of lung diseases that killed 40 people in the US, scientists are trying to figure out the cause.
Now, chief deputy director of the CDC, says Dr. Ann Schuchat that the combination is a & # 39; strong offender & # 39; is for the diseases, according to KTLA.
The agency's analysis of 29 e-cigarette samples used by people with the mysterious lung disease revealed that they all contain vitamin E acetate.
Twenty-three of the 28 samples contain THC.
Dr. Schuchat said that other ingredients are not excluded and that multiple causes are possible, but the & # 39; sticky & # 39; nature of the acetate and the common nature of THC are & # 39; remarkable & # 39; James Pirkle from CDC.
All 29 samples of evaporation products used by EVALI patients contain vitamin E acetate, a sticky, oily derivative of the nutrient that CDC officials now think is the culprit of the outbreaks
Doctors still don't know how to treat the disease that & # 39; EVAL & # 39; (abbreviation of & # 39; e-cigarette or vape, use of lung injury) in addition to supportive therapy, such as patients on respiratory equipment and, perhaps, steroid treatment.
Nevertheless, Dr. Schuchat said: & # 39; These findings are significant & # 39; in Friday's press conference.
Vitamin E acetate was an early suspect as the cause of vape-related diseases after scientists discovered their presence in a laboratory in New York in many samples of products used by pathogenic vapers.
Dr. James Pirkle described it as & # 39; enormously sticky & # 39 ;.
The oily substance has previously been associated with lung diseases and is used in making many e-cigarette liquids.
Scientists theorized that the oil may cover the lungs, causing inflammation and damage.
But the research left the acetate because it became clear that the vast majority – 82 percent – of disease-related samples contain THC, the psychoactive ingredient in cannabis.
A Mayo Clinic team of researchers then reported that lung tissue biopsies from EVALI patients were similar to those from chemically burned lungs exposed to high concentrations of harmful fumes.
E-cigarettes are responsible for the deaths of 40 Americans in 24 states (red). Diseases have been reported in every state except Alaska
Now the investigation is complete, because the CDC reports that vitamin E acetate is common in the samples of THC e-cigarette products that they have tested.
Vitamin E is safe to use in skin creams and to take supplements, but the CDC warned that there is a & # 39; big difference & # 39; is between ingestion or use on the skin and inhaling the sticky oil form.
Many of the evaporation products related to illnesses and deaths were purchased from bootleggers or other unauthorized dealers.
The CDC has not changed its warning against the use of these illegal products and continues to encourage Americans who do not use e-cigarettes not to start.
Although the agency says smokers who have switched to vape should not return to the use of flammable cigarettes, the CDC also recommends never using vape by young people, young adults, or pregnant women.
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