CDC: “There is no evidence that occurrence of lung injury cases is declining”
There are now 805 cases as of September 24th in 46 states and one U.S. territory.
The CDC report states, “69% were in males; 62% of patients were aged 18–34 years. Among patients with data on substances used in e-cigarettes, or vaping products, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)-containing product use was reported by 76.9% (36.0% reported exclusive THC-product use); 56.8% reported nicotine-containing product use (16.0% reported exclusive nicotine-product use).”
The report further explains how the cause of the outbreak is unknown and the CDC still advises everyone to consider refraining from using e-cigarettes.
New facts from the report from basic patient data for 771 of the 805 patients:
- 91% of patients were hospitalized
- Median duration between symptom onset and hospitalization was 6 days
- Although some cases occurred during April–June 2019, the number of cases began increasing in early July
- 69% of patients were male
- Median age was 23 years
- Among the 12 deaths reported to CDC, 58% were in men, and the median age was 50 years
Facts from a subset of 514 patients (63.8%) for whom information on substances used in e-cigarettes, or vaping, products was available:
- 395 (76.9%) reported using THC-containing products
- 292 reported using nicotine-containing products in the 30 days preceding symptom onset
- 210 patients reported using both THC-containing and nicotine-containing products
- 185 reported exclusive use of THC-containing products
- 82 reported exclusive use of nicotine-containing products
In conclusion, the CDC says,”there is no evidence that occurrence of lung injury cases is declining.”
Read the full report here.
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