CDC gives vaping-related lung illnesses a name-EVALI

CDC gives vaping-related lung illnesses a name: EVALI

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Last week, the CDC issued a name for the lung illness related to use of vaping which has sickened over 1000 individuals and killed about 26.

The CDC, in its ‘Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report’ named the vaping-associated lung illnesses as ‘EVALI.’ The term means ‘e-cigarette or vaping product use associated lung injury.’

In the report, the agency said that up till 8 October, 49 US states have reported 1299 EVALI cases in total. The illness has claimed the life of around 26 people across 21 states.

On Friday, Texas confirmed its first death related to vaping, mirroring same news coming from Utah and New York previous week.

The State Health Services Department of Texas hasn’t released further information related to the victim who died due to the illnesses. However, a report by Associated Press says that the victim was an old woman belonging to north Texas.

The officials with FDA and CDC are yet to disclose the ingredient or product responsible behind these illnesses. But, with over 80% of the cases including THC products, the officials are focusing increasingly on additives and thickeners which are found in the THC cartridges sold in black market.

We’ll have to wait for an official confirmation related to the main cause of the illnesses.

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