CDC probing 450 cases of ‘serious lung illness’ across 33 states

Officials are looking into whether the illnesses may be related to specific vaping devices, other ingredients and/or possible contaminants.
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Transcript for CDC probing 450 cases of ‘serious lung illness’ across 33 states
Aid will be delivered to those that need it. The number of deaths linked to vaping rising today. At least five have died and there are hundreds oof new case oz of lung disease under investigation. The CDC is having and there is a new warping toopt. Reporter: 24-year-old jaydee Hernandez is one of the now hundreds of Americans suddenly struggling to breath, and his doctors tell his family that his troubles started when he began using e-cigarettes 6 months ago. Tonight, a machine is breathing for him, and he's fighting for his life. It's very hurtful to see your child in so much pain and not be able to help them. Reporter: In a briefing today the CDC confirms recent deaths are because of vaping, and says it's investigating 450 cases of "Serious lung illness" across 33 states. The government says that "While many of the patients, but not all, reported recent use of thc-containing products, the active chemical in marijuana, some reported using both thc and nicotine" they're also investigating whether the illnesses may be related to specific devices, other ingredients, possible contaminants, or more than one of the above. The cases that have been reported across the country are very serious and this is impacting a very vulnerable population, and we really encourage people to avoid these products. Reporter: Adam hergenreder used both nicotine and thc. My lungs feel like they're being crushed by 20 pounds. Reporter: He was hospitalized this week. I'm 18 years old and my lungs are like a 70-year-old's. Reporter: Late today, a fifth death was connected to vaping, this one from Los Angeles county, California. And Steve there's concern about these numbers of course and mmers withes R members of of congress are speaking up. Reporter: He's calling on the fda to do something about this or step down. Thank you, Steve.

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