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According to the CDC, 33 Americans were killed, the youngest being 13 years old. Another 1,479 are ill and health experts fear that the upcoming flu season will exacerbate the conditions and potentially cause fatal complications.
These figures date from a week ago when the CDC reported 26 deaths and 1,299 illnesses. CDC Deputy Director Anne Schuchat said earlier this week to legislators of the House of Representatives, "This is extremely complicated and difficult. It is deadly or possibly fatal if half of the cases require intensive care. "
Almost all EVALI patients are hospitalized for their symptoms, which may include shortness of breath, nausea, or vomiting. Dr. Brandon T. Larsen, a surgical pathologist, previously told the Times that lung biopsies from 17 victims "showed a pattern of injury in the lungs that looks like a toxic chemical exposure, a toxic chemical exposure to smoke, or an injury by chemical burns. "
Experts are still not sure which products are responsible for EVALI cases, although most patients have indicated that they vaporize THC with black market oil cartridges. However, legislative and corporate responses have largely focused on nicotine products: Trump's government has weighed the ban on e-cigarettes, and Juul has stopped selling fruit flavors.