Vaping criminal probe announced by FDA as illnesses rise to 530

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The Centers for Disease Control's latest update said 530 cases of the illness have been confirmed. That's 150 more than was reported on September 11. The probe extends across several states, hundreds of cases and a broad range of products and substances, Anne Schuchat, the CDC's principal deputy director, told reporters on a conference call. "There's no one compound ingredient constituent including vitamin E acetate that is showing up in all of the samples".

Seven people have reportedly died from these illnesses, which have struck men at a higher rate; about 75% of the patients are male.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said 530 confirmed and probable cases have been reported in 38 states and one USA territory, up from 380 a week ago. And the Food and Drug Administration has revealed a criminal investigation into the outbreak, according to a Thursday report in The Washington Post. No one cause or set of causes has been linked to all of the cases, the CDC reported.

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During a conference call between state health officials and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), earlier this month, investigators said they'd found a chemical called vitamin E acetate in nearly all of the samples of THC e-cigs they had tested.

All patients in the recent outbreak now under investigation had used an electronic cigarette or other vaping device.

Many of the patients reported using numerous vaping products and substances, including a mix of nicotine and THC. More than half of these diagnoses have been among people younger than 25, Schuchat said, and 16% have been among those younger than 18.

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Almost three fourths of the cases were reported in men; 67 percent were between ages 18-34; 16 percent are under age 18; and 17 percent are 35 years or older. Some people used black market products.

But if you're an adult who's using nicotine-containing e-cigarettes, you should not revert back to smoking cigarettes; rather you should contact a health care provider who can discuss possible treatments, she said.

Donald Trump said last week his administration will propose banning thousands of flavors used in e-cigarettes to combat a recent surge in underage vaping. Symptoms include coughing, shortness of breath, fatigue, vomiting and diarrhea.

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Health officials urged people not to buy vaping products off the street or modify them.

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