Deaths in the United States from a mysterious lung illness linked to vaping rose to 39, with Illinois and Massachusetts confirming additional deaths in the states.
The Illinois Department of Public Health on Thursday reported a third death in the state, while health officials in Massachusetts reported the state’s second death on Wednesday.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Thursday confirmed 37 deaths and 1,888 confirmed and probable cases of the respiratory illness. As of Oct. 29, the deaths have occurred in 24 states and among ages 17-75 years, according to CDC data.
The agency has urged people not to use e-cigarettes with marijuana ingredient tetrahydrocannabinol, saying the high-inducing component may have a role in causing the illness.