No Single Product Linked to All Cases of Lung Disease
As of Sept. 6, 33 states and one U.S. territory had reported more than 450 cases of severe lung illnesses possibly associated with use of e-cigarette products (i.e., devices, liquids, refill pods and cartridges) to the CDC. Five related deaths have been confirmed in California, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota and Oregon, according to the agency.
On that date, the CDC hosted a telebriefing to update media representatives and other stakeholders on its investigation into the illnesses.
The agency also released a pair of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Reports offering interim guidance on severe pulmonary disease possibly linked to e-cigarette use, as well as details on a lipoid pneumonia outbreak involving five patients in North Carolina.
The CDC launched a multistate investigation into the case reports on Aug. 1 and has worked closely since then with the FDA, states and other public health partners and clinicians to identify the cause of illness.