A third party died of a severe pulmonary disease related to the use of a vaping device. The death was confirmed Friday by Indiana, who said a "person over the age of 18" had died but did not provide additional information about the patient or case, citing privacy laws.
Two people – one in Illinois, the other in Oregon, and both are adults – died of what appears to be the same type of illness, health officials in those states said. State and federal health officials are struggling to find a cause, possibly a chemical or adultery, found in some vaping products. To date, more than 200 cases of mysterious disease have been reported in 25 states.
What appeared to be several scattered cases in mid-June turned into full-fledged and widespread public health that left people ill in approximately two dozen conditions, some so severe that they were placed on ventilators. Victims usually wind up in emergency rooms with shortness of breath after several days of flu-like symptoms, including fever.
The state of New York, where 34 people became ill, said Thursday that it was sampling eight of its cases. showed high levels of a compound called vitamin E. acetate. There, researchers focused on the ability of an oily substance to play a key role in the disease.
However, some of the more than 100 vaping samples tested by the federal government have not shown positive results for vitamin E acetate, so this compound remains just one of the many possible causes of severe pulmonary inflammation.