A sixth individual has died to an unknown sickness apparently linked to vaping, in keeping with well being officers.

Authorities in Kansas stated they had been the primary individual to die within the state and had a historical past of underlying well being issues.

The sufferer, aged of their 50s, had signs that “progressed quickly” after they had been admitted to hospital, the Kansas well being and setting division stated.

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In a press release, the division added: “The nationwide investigation has not recognized any particular vaping or e-cigarette merchandise linked to all instances. Many sufferers report utilizing merchandise with liquids that include cannabinoid merchandise, equivalent to tetrahydrocannabinol [THC, cannabis‘ intoxicating active ingredient].

“Kansas doesn’t have detailed info on what kinds of merchandise had been utilized by the deceased.”

There have been six studies of diseases linked to vaping in Kansas up to now, with three confirmed or possible.

The state’s well being chief, Dr Lee Norman, stated within the assertion that it was “time to cease vaping”.

He added: “If you happen to or a beloved one is vaping, please cease. The current deaths throughout our nation, mixed with a whole lot of reported lung harm instances proceed to accentuate.

“I’m extraordinarily alarmed for the well being and security of Kansans who’re utilizing vaping merchandise and urge them to cease till we will decide the reason for vaping associated lung accidents and demise.”

US well being officers investigating the doable causes of the outbreak have recognized some 450 doable instances in 33 states.

Sufferers are coming into hospitals with cough, chest ache, shortness of breath, fatigue and vomiting.

Lots of the studies contain life-threatening diseases in beforehand wholesome folks. Many sufferers obtained oxygen and a few wanted to be placed on respiratory machines earlier than they recovered. Antibiotics didn’t assist, and it’s not but clear whether or not steroid medicine boosted restoration.

No single system, ingredient or additive has been recognized because the wrongdoer. Many of the sufferers stated they vaped merchandise containing THC, the high-producing ingredient in marijuana. Others stated they vaped solely nicotine and extra nonetheless consumed each THC and nicotine.

E-cigarette vapour comprises tiny particles that carry flavour. Some early-stage laboratory and animal research counsel these can harm the lungs, airways and blood vessels, however extra analysis is required to higher perceive how human our bodies react to them.

A lot much less is understood in regards to the contents of THC oils and the way these chemical substances behave when heated.

“I wouldn’t rule something out at this level as a result of we all know so little,” stated Dr David Christiani, of Harvard TH Chan College of Public Well being.

Extra reporting by AP