CHICAGO (AP) – Health officials said on Friday that an Illinois patient suffering from a serious lung disease after a vampire died and is thought to be the first death in the United States related to the smoking alternative, became popular with teens and the
Illinois Department of Public Health, an elderly patient, was hospitalized after becoming ill after vaping, although she did not provide other information about the person, including patient's name, age, hometown or date of death.  The state received the death report Thursday, said Dr. Jennifer Leiden, the agency's chief medical officer in Illinois.
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On Friday, staff at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that 1
All patients were teenagers or adults who used an electronic cigarette or some other type of vaping device. Doctors say the illness is similar to an inhalation injury, with the lungs apparently responding to a corrosive substance. So far, infectious diseases are excluded.
Diseases have been reported since late June, but the total has increased rapidly over the past week. This may be partly because cases that were not originally related to vaping started to be grouped this way.
Among the most recent reports are two in Connecticut, four in Iowa and six in Ohio. Health officials are asking doctors and hospitals to report to state health officials all possible cases of lung disease associated with vaping.
In its news release, the Illinois agency stated that the number of people infected with respiratory disease after vaping had doubled last week, to 22.
"The severity of the disease that people are experiencing is alarming and should to take the word that the use of e-cigarettes and vaping can be dangerous, "said IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike in the message.
Electronic cigarettes have been described as a less dangerous alternative to ordinary cigarettes, but health officials are worried about the children who use them. Most of the concerns are directed to nicotine, which health officials say is harmful to brain development and may cause children to take cigarettes more often.
But some vaping products have been found to contain other potentially harmful substances, including flavoring chemicals, and
A number of people who became ill had vaped products containing THC, the highly inducing ingredient in marijuana. CDC officials said they had no breakdown of how many sick people were vaped to THC.
The American Wapping Association, an advocacy group, issued a statement claiming that "guilty, black market THC products" are guilty.
Matthew Myers, the head of the Tobacco Free Campaign, said the diseases highlight why the US Food and Drug Administration must seek electronic cigarettes and their health effects before they can be sold to the public.
Health officials said they needed to gather more information.
"Investigators have not identified a specific product or compound that is relevant to all cases." Iliana Arias, a CDC employee who monitors noncommunicable disease, said during a conversation Friday with reporters. She also said that patients can cope with various ailments that have similar symptoms.
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