Vaping diseases climb upwards, nearly 1,300 with 27 deaths

The outbreak of lung disease related to vaping grew by more than 200 cases over a week, now a total of 1299, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported on Thursday.

27 people have died from vaping-related illnesses, health officials said.

The figures mean that 219 new cases and seven new deaths were reported. Cases have occurred in 49 states, the District of Columbia and the US Virgin Islands.

A 17-year-old boy died in the Bronx last week, the youngest death so far linked to gunfire. Utah and Massachusetts officials confirmed their state's first death this week.

The ages of those who die vary from 17 years to 75 years, with a median of 49.

The exact cause of the disease is still unknown. Many of those who became ill had weapons of THC, some had used both THC and nicotine, and others report that weapons were only nicotine.

Federal and state health agencies are testing weapon materials and studying tissue samples from patients in an effort to find the cause of the outbreak. They are particularly concerned about the huge amount of illegal THC products in circulation, which contain unknown mixtures of solvents, diluents and flavorings that can be toxic to the lungs.

The US Army said that it treated two soldiers for weapons-related illness. The army did not say which products the two soldiers had used, according to a previous report in The Wall Street Journal. The military has banned e-cigarettes from the bases on bases.

Health urges public officials not to vape, and stresses that those who choose to do so anyway should avoid THC, especially products sold on the street or on the internet.

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