In further developments related to the public health issue of damaging side effects of vaping, multiple news reports show that the serious lung injury tally has now eclipsed over 1,080 cases. Government researchers continue to investigate the cause of the outbreak. This new number represents an increase of close to 300 reported cases since last week.
“We are concerned — with hundreds of new cases reported each week — that we’re looking at a very concerning outbreak, very difficult to control. The data that we’re getting does not suggest this has peaked. It doesn’t suggest this is declining.” - Anne Schuchat, principal deputy director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
The CDC also announced that there have now been 18 deaths related to the outbreak. Researchers found that about 70 percent of individual injuries were to male patients, and 80 percent were to patients under age 35. The deaths were a different story — people who died in the outbreak were older, ranging in age from 20s to 70s, with an average age of 49.5. Women also make up a larger proportion of the fatal cases, but investigators cautioned that, with just 18 reported deaths, it was too early to draw conclusions from the data.
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