The ongoing vaping-related illnesses in the U.S. has exceeded 1,000 cases, including 18 deaths across the nation. Anne Schuchat, Principal Deputy Director of the CDC, said the agency had recognized 275 new cases since the past week. Apart from this, the federal agency is probing some other deaths that are allegedly caused due to vaping. Schuchat has called it an extremely concerning epidemic without any indications of lessening. She said they had not seen a considerable fall in the emergence of new cases. As per the executive, the data does not reveal the vaping epidemic has increased; it even does not show the outbreak is lowering. Even more than that, the CDC has diagnosed 1,080 potential cases across 48 states along with the Virgin Islands.
Schuchat said doctors still are unaware of the reason behind this vaping-related sickness. Currently, they are seeking the same. There exist more than 500 cases where doctors have an idea what patients had used while vaping. The CDC notes, around 78% of them have used TCH, an active element in marijuana. On the other hand, 175 have reported the use of nicotine. The federal agency highlighted the number of confirmed death have raised from a dozen to 18 in the current week. Mostly, the epidemic is having a massive impact on older adults.
Recent research, by the scientists at the Mayo Clinic, has revealed a mixture of poisonous chemical fumes is liable for the mysterious illness. The team has analyzed biopsy samples of 17 patients likely to have a strange disease. They have claimed the toxic smoke, which releases while vaping, instead of oils. The Mayo Clinic research team has published its findings in The New England Journal of Medicine. Robert Redfield, director of the CDC, said the agency would continue to work with FDA as well as other health partners to explore the reasons behind the epidemic. Even more, the agency aims to put an end on the ongoing lung injuries.