Doctors say the illnesses, which first appeared in March, resemble an inhalation injury. Symptoms include severe, shortness of breath, fatigue, and chest pain. Most who got sick said they vaped products containing THC, the marijuana ingredient that causes a high, but some said they vaped only nicotine.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said 1,080 confirmed and probable cases have been reported in 48 states and one U.S. territory as of Tuesday afternoon. The count includes 18 deaths in 15 states.
More than a third of patients are under age 21, but the deaths have been older adults who apparently had more difficulty recovering.
Recently, 275 cases have been added to the tally each week, and about half of the newest batch were people hospitalized in the last two weeks.
“Unfortunately, the outbreak … is continuing at a brisk pace” and there’s no sign of it slowing, the CDC’s Dr. Anne Schuchat said in a Thursday call with reporters.
What Kind of Vapes are Causing the Illnesses?
The Food and Drug Administration is analyzing