THC may be the defect in Minnesota's acute respiratory illness linked to vapor.
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Health investigation officers have mitigated their investigation into mysterious lung disease which killed at least six to 380 "probable" and "declared" cases, said Thursday's Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
Doctors suspect that they move as a possible cause of illness, spread across 36 states and the Virgin Virgin Islands. The CDC said it had affected the 380 likely or confirmed cases, instead of the more than 450 “potential” illnesses it was reviewing last week. It will no longer release data on less certain cases, the agency said.
The outbreak has prompted scrutiny of vapor stimulation and encouragement to call for more stringent e-cigarette regulation. President Donald Trump said this week that his administration would move to flavor the cigarette consumer market.
At least six people have died from the illness, doctors say they are like lipoid pneumonia, a specific type of pneumonia that occurs when the oil enters the lungs. The latest death was a man in Kansas who was over 50 years of age and had health issues, officials said.
The Department of Health of New York shared photographs of some of the products containing vitamin E acetate, the main focus of the department's investigation into possible causes of vapor-related lung disease.
Source: New York State Health Department
Many of the cases in young people were otherwise healthy. Of the 53 patients studied in Illinois and Wisconsin, the median age was 19 years old, officials wrote in the Irish Medicine Journal report last week.
In many cases, people broke nicotine and THC, the marijuana compound that produces high, the CDC said to reporters last week. Some reported using both THC and cigarettes and a smaller group reported using only nicotine.
While no one substance was identified as the offender, many samples showed high levels of vitamin E acetate, the Food and Drug Administration said last week.
Vitamin E is usually used as a supplement or added to skin care products. But people are adding the oil and other substances to cannabis products to make the extracts.
Health officials are asking people not to avoid e-mail cigarettes and THC products among the outbreaks.
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