Saturday 24 August 2019 23:09
WASHINGTON [Reuters] – US health authorities are investigating the death of one person and injuring nearly 200 others with electronic cigarette-related diseases, US officials said on Monday.
- Elena Arias, deputy director of the Noncommunicable Diseases Department at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC], said on Friday that the center, state health officials and the US Food and Drug Administration are investigating 193 possible cases of lung disease, possibly linked to e-cigarettes.
- Illinois – One of the cases in which an adult resident died after being hospitalized with severe respiratory illness after smoking electronic cigarettes has been reported, state officials said Friday.
- This may be the first death in the United States related to smoking electronic cigarettes.
- 193 cases have been reported in 22 states, but not all have been confirmed to be caused by e-cigarettes, Arias said.
- Many of these cases were for adolescents and young people.
- Health departments in Wisconsin and Illinois have asked the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to help investigate these cases.
- Arias said that investigators did not identify a specific product or compound that could be associated with all confirmed cases.
- Mitch Zeller, director of the US Food and Drug Administration's Tobacco Center, said on Friday that "some of these cases may have already occurred and we didn't notice them" before the current investigation.
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said there is no evidence that infectious diseases are the cause of these cases.
- In Illinois, 22 people have been hospitalized for respiratory illness after smoking electronic cigarettes, according to Jennifer Leiden, chief medical officer and epidemiologist at the Illinois Department of Health.
- Common symptoms of these cases include dyspnea, coughing and chest pain, according to the Centers for Disease Control and health officials in Illinois.
- Some reports also indicate other symptoms such as vomiting, fatigue and diarrhea.