The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is investigating 94 possible cases of severe lung illness associated with “vaping” in the United States. The cases have been reported in 14 states as of 17 August 2019, according to a statement from the agency.
CDC is providing consultation to the departments of health in Wisconsin, Illinois, California, Indiana and Minnesota. The cases have been primarily reported among young adults. Additional states have alerted CDC to possible (not confirmed) cases and investigations into these cases are ongoing.
It is unclear what is causing the illnesses, or if there is a link between patients' symptoms and the kind of products they have used.
On Friday 23 August 2019, one death relating to the outbreak was confirmed.
Source: CDC, 17 August 2019