A second death associated with the outbreak of vaping-related lung injuries is being reported in Michigan.
The State's Department Of Health And Human Services says they were notified about the death of an adult man on Tuesday. No other information will be released due to confidentiality reasons.
Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, Chief Medical Executive and Chief Deputy For Health For MDHHS, says they are saddened to announce a second death associated with this outbreak. She says they are urging people to refrain from vaping until the specific cause of the vaping-related severe lung injuries being reported nationwide have been identified.
Since August 2019, 56 confirmed and probable vaping-related lung injury cases have been reported in Michigan. All of these cases have been reported in the Lower Peninsula, and most of the individuals have been hospitalized for severe respiratory illness. The age of these patients range from 15 to 67. Reported cases have vaped THC and nicotine, or just THC or just nicotine. The MDHHS is working closely with the Center For Disease Control and the federal Food And Drug Administration to get additional information that can help identify the ingredients in the vape materials that is making people sick. So far, no specific brand of device or e-liquid has been identified.
The CDC has identified Vitamin E acetate as a chemical of concern among
people with vaping-related lung injury. This is an additive in THC vaping products.
Information about vaping-related lung injury for the public is posted on line at michigan.gov/vapelung.
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