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Sixth person dies from vaping-linked lung disease

Key Points
  • A Kansas man has died from a mysterious lung disease linked to vaping, state officials said. 
  • The CDC is investigating 450 possible cases. 
  • Health officials urge people to avoid vaping amid the outbreak. 
A person exhales vapor while using an electronic cigarette device in San Francisco.
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A Kansas man died from a mysterious lung disease tied to vaping, state officials said Tuesday. At least six people have now died from the illness as part of an outbreak that has sickened hundreds.

Kansas officials said the man, who was over the age of 50, had underlying health problems. He was hospitalized and his symptoms progressed rapidly, according to a press release. Kansas officials do not have information on what products the man had used.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is investigating 450 possible cases of the disease, which they think may be linked to vaping. Federal health officials are urging people to avoid vaping while they investigate the outbreak.

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Key Points
  • Health officials are warning consumers about a mysterious vaping-linked lung disease.
  • The FDA is telling people to avoid products that contain THC while the CDC is saying to avoid e-cigarettes.
  • Officials say it's too early to pinpoint a culprit of the vaping-linked illness.