An eighth person died from a vapor-related lung disease. The Missouri Department of Health reported Thursday afternoon that a man had died in St. Louis mid-40 this week. Health officials said the man had normal lung function before he started vaporizing in the spring.
He developed a mild respiratory disease that eventually led to hospitalization and death.
"This is an unfortunate case of a young man with no previous lung disease who began to steam due to chronic pain," wrote Dr. Michael Plisco, pulmonologist at Mercy Hospital St. Louis, in a statement.
"Once the He said, "Lungs injured by vapors, we do not know how fast it worsens and whether it depends on other risk factors."
Seven more patients died of the disease: two in California and one each in Indiana, Illinois , Kansas, Minnesota and Oregon The victims also had health problems.
Predicted on Thursday that the death toll would increase.
"We expect others," Schuchat said during a call with reporters.
The Grim Forecast camera As a federal investigator, they launched a nationwide criminal investigation into the growing number of illnesses that have been reversed in recent days 200 cases has risen.
The Food and Drug Administration's law enforcement agency, the Office of Criminal Investigations, began investigating these cases shortly after the disease emerged.
"The focus of her work is on identifying what makes people sick and on the supply chain," said Mitch Zeller, director of the FDA's Center for Tobacco Products, on The Call.
Zeller emphasized that the FDA does not prosecute people who admit to vaporize or otherwise use illegal drugs.
"We urgently need facts and answers to questions," said Zeller.
The CDC updated its case numbers on Thursday, reporting that there were 530 cases in 38 states and on the US Virgin Islands.
"We are seeing serious cases," Schuchat told NBC News. She said patients often go to hospital with respiratory distress due to a lung condition that appears to be a type of pneumonia.
"But instead of an infection, they seem to have a chemical injury," Schuchat said.
] The CDC only counts cases that have been confirmed or considered highly probable because physicians were able to rule out all other causes of lung disease.
The new CDC case number may actually underestimate the actual number of vapor-related lung injuries. Doctors in almost all federal states examine far more cases. A total of 45 state health departments have reported on more than 700 possible cases.
Many of these patients said they had a variety of products before their illness, including THC, the active ingredient in marijuana. Patients had cough, fever, difficulty breathing, chest pain, vomiting, diarrhea and general fatigue. Some had to be hospitalized in intensive care units and placed on respirators.
We urgently need facts and answers to questions.
The CDC also looked more closely at who gets sick. The majority – 67 percent – are people between 18 and 34, more than half under 25.
Sixteen percent are minors under the age of 18 and 17 percent over 35 years. Almost three quarters are men.
Beyond For the criminal investigation, the FDA has tested 150 product samples on a wide range of chemicals, including painkillers, additives, pesticides, toxins and toxins.
Not a single ingredient or product has linked all cases together.
The Examination This is partly compounded by the lack of patient information itself.
"Some people can not talk to healthcare professionals because of the severity of their illness," said Drs. Jennifer Layden, senior physician and state epidemiologist for the Illinois Department of Public Health.
"Or there are concerns about sharing information about the products they use, especially if they are illegal products," she said. In Illinois, 69 cases of lung-related vapors have been reported.
Health authorities looking for clues to the mysterious diseases are calling on the public to provide information that can be sent anonymously and without fear of prosecution if they have used illegal substances.
According to Layden, Illinois investigators use social media to learn more about vaping and have conducted an anonymous online poll for residents using e-cigarettes or other steam products.
"The hope is that individuals will want to push this investigation," Layden said.
On Wednesday, new research from the University of Michigan showed a significant increase in the number of children taking nicotine products.
The survey found that from 2017 to 2008 in 2019, steam rates doubled for eighth-graders, tenth-graders and high school graduates.
More than 25 percent of 12-year-olds and more than 20 percent of second-year high school graduates said they had evaporated within the past month. And one out of eleven children in eighth grade also admitted using steam products.
The rise in teenage steamship popularity has led to an addiction and drug abuse experts to explore how young people can be helped to end their nicotine addiction, and how they interact with Catching children when they get caught steaming at school.
A school district in western Ohio has recently changed its policy for students caught on the school grounds with an e-cigarette or other tobacco product. Instead of imprisonment and juvenile court proceedings, children who get caught in the steam are not in trouble – they receive training.
"They are our students, so we want to provide support and help them by offering a retracement course." Paula Crew, Superintendent of Tecumseh Local Schools, told NBC News.
First Offenders in the School District of Crew must attend a two-hour course to stop using e-cigarettes and similar products. The crew said three students had been arrested later this week.
"If you tell a child that it should not do something, this is not an effective way to stop it," the crew said. "They need to give them strategies, support and evidence to show them why they should not." The Trump administration announced plans to ban flavored e-cigarettes a week ago, but it is unclear how or when this ban would come into force.
Health officials in San Francisco, Michigan and New York have already issued such bans.
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