Cases of severe vaping-linked lung illness surge to 450, 3rd death reported in Indiana: officials

Pediatric pulmonologist sounds alarm on vaping as lung disease cases rise

Chief of pediatric pulmonology at NYU Langone Health Dr. Melodi Pirzada shares her own patients’ life-threatening cases.

Officials in Indiana said an adult resident had died from a lung illness possibly tied to vaping, as the number of suspected cases across 33 states rose to 450. The death marks the third such reported, with the first two occurring in Oregon and Illinois.

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Health officials have urged the public to stop using vape devices until they can pin down the source of the rapid rise in illnesses, and repeated that no one ingredient could be tied to the cases.

"We're all wondering if this is new or just newly recognized," Dr. Dana Meaney-Delman of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told reporters Friday, according to The Associated Press.

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New York health officials had annouced this week that they are investigating the compound vitamin E acetate as a possible cause of the illnesses, but federal health officials noted it is only one of the many substances being investigated.

Fox News' Madeline Farber contributed to this report.

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