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(CNN) - Oregon health officials are investigating a death from serious respiratory illness that could be related to the use of electronic cigarettes, according to an announcement made Tuesday by the Oregon Health Authority.
The person in Oregon, who died in July, had recently vaped cannabis products purchased at a dispensary, according to the announcement.
Last month, the Illinois Department of Public Health announced the first such death in the midst of a growing number of similar cases of lung disease across the country.
Health officials say it is unclear whether there is a connection between cases, if vaping definitely caused these diseases and what components or chemicals in electronic cigarettes might be responsible.
"We still don't know the exact cause of these diseases, whether they are caused by contaminants, ingredients in the liquid or something else, such as the device itself," Dr. Ann Thomas, a public health physician in the Division, said in a statement. Public Health Authority of the Oregon Health Authority.
The report comes after US health officials. UU. New national figures revealed on Friday: until August 27, there were at least 215 possible cases in 25 states of severe lung disease that could be caused by vaping, with additional cases still under investigation, according to a statement from the Centers for Control and US Disease Prevention (CDC) and the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
Individual reports from state health departments suggest that the total number of potential cases could be significantly higher, although some cases could have been ruled out. The CDC declined to confirm the number of additional reports.
However, it is an increase from a week earlier, when the CDC said it was investigating 193 possible cases in 22 states, including death in Illinois. The 193 figure included unconfirmed cases, health officials previously told reporters.
The CDC, the FDA and state health departments say they are working together to determine what products could have been used and facilitate laboratory testing.
So far, the FDA "has received about 80 samples and continues to receive requests from the states to send more samples for the FDA to analyze," said Friday's statement. “The samples represent a variety of different types of products and substances, some of which contained incomplete information about the product.
"At this time, there does not appear to be a single product involved in all cases, although the use of THC and cannabinoids has been reported in many cases."
THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, is the psychoactive substance in cannabis.
In Wisconsin, health officials said Thursday that most cases in their state included the inhalation of THC products. Health officials in the state have issued severe warnings to residents: Stop vaping immediately.
Health officials say patients have been hospitalized due to symptoms such as shortness of breath and chest pain. Some have experienced other symptoms, such as vomiting, diarrhea, fever and fatigue. Many of those affected were previously teenagers and healthy young adults.
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