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Washington, DC - 24 September 2019
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1. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr. Anne Schuchat, Principal Deputy Secretary, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
"As you've heard, several hundred cases have been reported from nearly all states. We've had a number of deaths. The cases are occurring in young people. One half of all cases are less than 25 years old."
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr. Anne Schuchat, Principal Deputy Secretary, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
"The CDC has made important recommendations to the public including the following: While this investigation is ongoing, people who are concerned about lung disease associated with e-cigarette use or vaping should consider refraining from using e-cigarette products or vaping."
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr. Anne Schuchat, Principal Deputy Secretary, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
"Well what do we not know so far? Probably the most important thing, we don't know the cause. No single product, brand, substance or additive has been linked to all cases. This investigation is ongoing and it's very dynamic."
4.SOUNDBITE (English) Dr. Anne Schuchat, Principal Deputy Secretary, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
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"We are seeing more and more cases each day and I expect the next weekly numbers will be much higher."
(Rep. Katie Hill, (D) California) Thank you. How does the disease typically present itself in patients symptoms?
(Schuchat) People have days or even weeks of worsening breathing problems, cough, shortness of breath sometimes with fever or nausea and vomiting.
(Hill) And what do we know about the time range for symptoms to set in after the last use of e-cigarettes?
(Schuchat) We don't have lots of details, it may be days or weeks."
5. SOUNDBITE: (English) Rep. Katie Hill, (D) California
"And for those affected by the lung disease, how long are they being hospitalized and are they typically in intensive care.
(Schuchat) The average hospitalization length so far is about six days. Many are in intensive care. Many require mechanical ventilation.
(Hill) That's what I was going to say. How many of the patients require medical intervention to breathe?
A public health official with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told a House oversight panel Tuesday that the number of vaping-related illnesses in the U.S. could soon climb much higher.
Dr. Anne Schuchat (SHU'-kit) said she believes "hundreds more" cases have been reported to health authorities since last week. The CDC then put the tally at 530 confirmed and probable cases of the serious lung illness. Nine deaths have been reported.
The agency has been updating its count on Thursdays.
The panel is holding the first hearing on the vaping illness, which resembles an inhalation injury.
Health officials have not yet identified a common electronic cigarette or ingredient in the outbreak, although many cases involve vaping THC from marijuana.
"This investigation is ongoing and it's very dynamic," Schuchat said.
The illnesses have helped trigger a swift backlash against e-cigarettes, including a proposed federal ban on flavors by the Trump administration, state-level restrictions in Michigan and New York, and an end to sales in Walmart stores nationwide.
Subcommittee Chairman Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi said the FDA has received 127 reports of seizures and other neurological conditions caused by e-cigarettes.
He also said the problem is exacerbated by cigarette companies that make what appear to be unfounded and illegal claims that their products are safer and healthier than combustible cigarettes.
Krishnamoorthi slammed Food and Drug Administration regulators for not requiring more testing of nicotine-containing e-cigarettes.
The FDA gained authority to regulate the products in 2016, but repeatedly pushed back the timeline for reviewing their health effects. The current deadline for submitting products is next May.
The FDA's acting commissioner, Ned Sharpless, is scheduled to appear Wednesday at a hearing on the outbreak before a different House subcommittee.
Vaping , Public health , Health , Tobacco industry regulation , Industry regulation , Government business and finance , Business , Government business and finance , Government and politics , Industry regulation , Government regulations
Raja Krishnamoorthi , Anne Schuchat
U.S. Food and Drug Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, United States government, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
District of Columbia , United States , North America