Public health officials report five more cases of vaping-related lung injury at US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Monday. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health said two of these cases have been confirmed, while the other three are probable. Officials say the total number of reported cases in the country has increased to 10, and eight of these patients are hospitalized. Five cases have been confirmed and the remaining five are considered probable to meet the CDC's definition of vaping-related lung injury. In half of the 10 cases, DPH stated that patients were vaping THC, an ingredient found in marijuana. According to officials, four patients had vaporized THC and nicotine, while only one patient said it had dropped into nicotine alone. On Monday, officials announced that 83 suspected lung cases related to vaping had been reported to DPH since 9/1
Public health officials report five more cases of vaping-related lung injury Monday at US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health stated that two of these cases were confirmed. while the other three are probable.
The total number of reported cases nationwide increased to 10 according to officials, and eight of these patients were hospitalized.
Five of the cases were confirmed and the remaining five were considered likely to meet the CDC definition of vaping-related lung injury
In half of the 10 cases, DPH stated that patients were vaping THC, an ingredient found in marijuana. According to officials, four patients had vaporized THC and nicotine, while only one patient claimed to have fallen into nicotine alone.
As of Monday, officials reported that 83 suspected lung cases related to vaping had been reported to DPH since 9/11.  Last week, Gov. Charlie Baker imposed a four-month ban on all sales of vaping products in Massachusetts, declaring a public health emergency.
Public Health Commissioner Monica Bharel mandated that Massachusetts clinicians immediately report any unexplained pulmonary-related vaping. injury to the department.
"While no one has identified the exact cause of this outbreak, we know that vaping and e-cigarettes are a common thread and make people worse," Bharel said in a statement. Massachusetts case collection will further our understanding of vaping-related lung injury, as well as help our federal partners. "
Among the 10 confirmed and probable cases in Massachusetts, 50% of patients are under the age of 20, while 30% are between the ages of 40 and 49, according to DPH. The remaining 20% of patients are between the ages of 20 and 39 years.
State health officials said that seven out of 10 patients in Massachusetts are women, which is in contrast to the national average, as more than two-thirds of patients in America are men.
Of the 83 suspected cases reported to state health officials, 51 are still under investigation by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, which collects medical records and conducts patient interviews. Authorities say 22 of the 83 suspected cases do not meet the CDC's official definitions.
Massachusetts cases are among the hundreds of cases in which the CDC and the Food and Drug Administration are currently investigating as part of a multifaceted outbreak of pulmonary disease related to the use of electronic cigarettes or vaping products, including devices, liquids, filling on pods and / or cartridges.
As of last week, 805 confirmed and probable cases of lung damage related to the use or release of electronic cigarettes have been reported to CDCs from 46 states and the US Virgin Islands. These cases include 12 deaths in 10 states.