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How to treat the mysterious vaping-linked illness, according to CDC

"The CDC recommends that people refrain from using e-cigarette or vaping products, particularly those containing THC or tetrahydrocannabinol", Travis added.

The Randolph-Elkins Health Department encourages health care partners to ask patients about recent e-cigarette and vaping practices when they present with lung injuries of unknown etiology, to properly evaluate patients using the recommended test for evaluation, and consult with a pulmonologist.

So far, almost 1,300 cases of vaping-related lung illnesses have been reported in 49 states.

Texas' Department of State Health Services did not release additional information about the victim in a news release, but the Associated Press reported that the death involved an older woman in north Texas.

"The medical institution reported the case as the patient who was suffering from pulmonary diseases had a history of smoking liquid e-cigarettes", a KCDC official said.

"Unfortunately, many more people have been hospitalized with lung injury each week", Dr. Anne Schuchat, principal deputy director of the CDC, told reporters Friday, according to Scientific American.

As of October 1, CDC had reported a total of 1,080 lung-injury cases associated with the use of e-cigarettes or vaping products in 48 states and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The public health institute recognize, however, that there may be more than one cause, as vaping products contain many different chemicals, which are all now under investigation.

Further, CDC said it is important that clinicians ask patients about use of e-cigarettes and other vaping products "in a nonjudgmental way", particularly amid the start of the US influenza season. According to the agency, "This interim guidance offers clinicians a framework for their initial assessment, evaluation, management, and follow-up of people with symptoms of lung injury associated with use of e-cigarette, or vaping, products". Symptoms have included cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, fever, chest pain, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea.

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