New York (AP) – US health officials say 530 people have been diagnosed with respiratory illnesses at the moment, but the cause remains unknown. have been reported in 38 states and one US territory. The total number of diseases was over 380 a week ago.
Seven deaths have been reported.
All patients used an electronic cigarette or other vaping device. Doctors say the illness is similar to an inhalation injury, with the lungs apparently responding to a corrosive substance. So far, no vaccination product or ingredient has been associated with the disease.
Two thirds of cases are related to 18-34 year old children. Most are men.
Some of the first cases occur in April. The CDC has not said when most people get sick.