The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has refined its number of cases of respiratory illness linked to vaping products like JUUL, announcing that as of Sept. 11, 2019, there are 380 confirmed and probable cases reported in 36 states and the U.S. Virgin Islands, including six deaths.
The updated case count is the first national aggregate based on the CDC’s newly developed case definition for severe pulmonary disease associated with vaping. The classifications are broken down between “confirmed,” “probable” and “possible.” Confirmed cases include individuals who vaped within the past 90 days, developed a respiratory illness, and underwent testing that did not show infection. Probable cases include individuals who recently vaped, developed a respiratory illness, and underwent some testing that did not show infection. For both groups, other common causes of illness were ruled out as the primary cause. Possible cases are still under investigation at the state level.
Previous reports had the vape-related lung illness case count nearing 500 because it included possible cases being investigated by state health officials. The CDC said it will no longer report possible cases in its count, only confirmed and probable cases because the definitions of both are so similar.
All six deaths that were previously announced have been confirmed as being related to vaping. The six states that reported vape-related deaths include California, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Minnesota and Oregon.
The CDC is currently coordinating a multistate investigation, and is working closely with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to collect information about recent use of vape devices or products among patients, and to test the substances or chemicals within the products used by those who have fallen ill, in an effort to identify what may be causing the lung illnesses.
Beasley Allen Law Firm is calling on the FDA to immediately recall JUUL and other vaping products that are being recklessly marketed to minors.
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