The death toll within the vaping illness outbreak has topped 50, U.S. health officials stated Thursday. The 52 deaths in 26 states are among the many 2,409 hospitalized cases which have been reported throughout the nation this year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stated.
Hospitalized cases have been most common within the Midwest, with among the highest rates in Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin.
The median age of the individuals who died is 52; however, most people who suffered lung damage have been a lot younger, with half in their teenagers or early 20s.
The outbreak seems to have started in March. The majority of the cases occurred in August and September; however, new instances are nonetheless being reported, including 118 in the past week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stated.
A number of the newly reported illnesses occurred more than a month ago; however, they have been only recently reported. However, 43 % of the most recent batch of cases have been people hospitalized since Nov. 17, the agency stated.
Most patients have stated they vaped products containing THC, the ingredient that produces an excessive in marijuana. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officers have regularly come to focus their investigation on black-market THC cartridges.
In last month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials stated that they had narrowed in on a culprit—a chemical compound known as vitamin E acetate that has been generally found within the lungs of sick patients and within the products they vaped. It is a thickening agent that has been added to illicit THC vaping liquids.