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Friday Nov 08 2019

US vaping-related deaths climb to 39, illnesses to 2,051

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US health officials on Thursday reported 2,051 confirmed and probable cases and two more deaths from a mysterious respiratory illness tied to vaping, taking the total death toll to 39.

Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 1,888 cases and 37 deaths from the illness.

Read more: Here's what you need to know about vaping

As of November 5, 39 deaths have been confirmed in 24 states and the District of Columbia, the agency said. 

Investigators have not linked the cases to any specific product or compound, but have pointed to vaping oils containing THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, as being especially risky.