The first death related to the electronic cigarette is reported while the number of hospitalized reaches 193
Alerts went up last week after the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) confirmed the presence of a mysterious lung disease that appears to be related to e-cigarette use. Back then, the CDC confirmed that they were still investigating the causes of this condition, which at that time already had almost 100 people hospitalized in five states of the country.
Over the weekend, officials from the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) in the United States reported the first death of a patient with a "severe respiratory illness" apparently linked to the use of electronic cigarettes. Now the CDC confirmed the fact mentioned that it is the first death related to this disease.
Sick numbers doubled in just one week
The CDC did not give further details of the deceased, but did update the information by mentioning that until the weekend, 193 cases of people hospitalized with acute lung problems were reported, where the only common factor is the use of electronic cigarettes. These cases are present in 22 states of the country.
According to the CDC investigation, still ongoing, there are no news since no substance or particle has been detected that links all these cases. Some patients are said to report the use of products containing tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), but it is not widespread and this substance cannot be determined to be the cause, according to the CDC.
In all cases, the CDC reports that the symptoms are the same with gradual onset of shortness of breath, shortness of breath, and / or chest pain prior to hospitalization. In some patients there are reports of mild to moderate gastrointestinal illness, including vomiting, diarrhea, and fatigue.
After the death of the patient in Illinois, Robert Redfield, director of the CDC, mentioned that they are working with various state agencies to investigate each of the cases, this while already referring to the situation as an "ongoing outbreak".
"This tragic death in Illinois reinforces the serious risks associated with e-cigarette products. Vaping exposes users to many substances for which we have little information about related harm, including flavors, nicotine, cannabinoids, and solvents. CDC has been warning about the identified and potential dangers of electronic cigarettes and vaping since these devices first appeared. Electronic cigarettes are not safe for youth, young adults, pregnant women, or adults who currently do not use tobacco products. " .
For its part, the IDPH, where the death occurred, has been the first department to give details of its patients related to this disease, where until the weekend there were 22 hospitalized patients between 17 and 38 years old, all with the presence of acute lung problems.