CDC 2019 Lung Injury Response incident manager Dr. Dana Meaney-Delman says people should avoid using e-cigarette devices while an investigation into vaping-related lung illness is ongoing.
Bloomberg isn't the only one taking action, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently announced that the state's health department is issuing subpoenas to three e-cigarette companies, Honey Cut Diluting Agent by Honey Cut Labs LLC in Santa Monica, California; Uber Thick by Floraplex Terpenes in Ypsilanti, Michigan, and Pure Diluent by Mass Terpenes in Amherst, Massachusetts.
Kansas Division of Well being and Surroundings confirmed that the unidentified vaping sufferer died within the hospital from lung illness that "progressed rapidly".
USA health officials have identified about 450 possible illness cases in 33 states, including as many as five deaths. As many as five cases nationwide have ended in death.
The disease is more likely linked to chemical exposure.
The Bureau of Tobacco Free Florida told The News Service of Florida on Monday that state health officials have "received several potential reports of illness" and that the Department of Health and the Florida Poison Information Center Network are working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on investigating a multistate outbreak of severe pulmonary disease. If you use a vaping device, we urge you to discontinue doing so until and unless health care investigators know more. "Don't put yourself in harm's way, and please follow the recommendations of public health officials".
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The letter also asked clinicians to report vaping cases to the health department.
At least three people have died so far, and more deaths are under investigation.
Dr. Farah Ahmed, the state's epidemiologist, said the patient had a history of underlying health issues. "If you or a loved one is vaping, please stop. The recent deaths across our country, combined with hundreds of reported lung injury cases continue to intensify". We urge the FDA to speed up the regulation of e-cigarettes and remove all unregulated products from the market, ' AMA president Dr Patrice Harris, said in a statement.
Health officials in Collin and Denton counties don't now have a way to track lung related illnesses to vaping. Other symptoms reported by some patients included fever, chest pain, weight loss, nausea and diarrhea.
To date, Kansas has six reports associated to the outbreak.