Second Possible Death in U.S. From Vaping-Related Lung Illness

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 4, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- A second death in the United States from severe respiratory illness possibly associated with vaping is being investigated by health officials.

The death occurred in Oregon in July and involved a person who'd recently vaped products containing cannabis bought at a dispensary, state health officials said Tuesday, CNN reported.

Last month, the first such death in the U.S. was announced by the Illinois Department of Public Health.

"We don't yet know the exact cause of these illnesses -- whether they're caused by contaminants, ingredients in the liquid or something else, such as the device itself," Dr. Ann Thomas, public health physician, Public Health Division, Oregon Health Authority, said in a statement, CNN reported.

Last Friday, federal health officials said that as of Aug. 27 there had been at least 215 possible cases in 25 states of severe lung disease that could be linked with vaping -- and that more cases remain under investigation.

However, reports by individual state health departments suggest the total number of potential cases could be much higher, according to CNN.

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