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E-cigarette, or Vaping, Product Use Associated Lung Injury (EVALI)

Weekly Update Report 11/12/2019 

 

 Table 1: Case Characteristics

Total Cases                                                                                                   163

Case status​ ​

Confirmed ​89

​Probable

​71
Under investigation*16
​​
Sex​ ​
​Male​100 (63%)
​Female​60 (38%)

 

​Age ​
​Range​14-70 years
​Median​27 years

 

Severity of illness​ ​
​Required admission to Intensive Care Unit (total)70 (44%)
​Ages 0-18​13
​​Ages 19-26​20
​​Ages 26+​37
Required mechanical ventilation (total)​46 (29%)
​​Ages 0-18​9
​​Ages 19-26​13
​​Ages 26+24

 

​Deaths​3 (2%)

 

*Cases under investigation are not included in case count or case characteristics in Table 1 or Table 2.

 

Table 2: Patient Interview Data

​Total Surveys Completed**                                                                                                                               86/150 (54%)

Race​ ​

White
​64 (74%)
​Black​3 (3%)
​Asian/Pacific Islander
​2 (2%)
​Other
​12 (14%)
Declined to state​5

 

​Ethnicity ​
​Hispanic ​39 (45%)
​Non-Hispanic ​44 (51%)
​Declined to state​3

 

Reported vaping practices in the past 3 months​ ​
​Vaped product containing THC​71 (83%)
​Vaped product containing CBD​35 (41%)
​Vaped product containing nicotine​39 (45%)
​Vaped nicotine products only
​8 (9%)

 

*Cases under investigation are not included in case count or case characteristics in Table 1 or Table 2.

**Denominator is number of cases interviewed. Percentages may not add to 100 due to rounding.

 

Vaping Product Purchase

As of 11/12/2019, of all the patients interviewed, one case self-reported buying vaping products from two shops that have been confirmed as licensed to sell THC according to Bureau of Cannabis Control’s online database of licensed retailers. The remaining patients who self-reported the source(s) of THC vaping products used, reported obtaining those products from illicit street vendors, pop-up shops, social contacts, or unverified sellers (retailers which could not be located and/ or verified as licensed).

 

Figure 1: Number of Hospitals Admissions by Week*

VAPI%2011-14

 

 *Admission counts for any week may change at any time, as CDPH continuously receives reports of currently and previously hospitalized patients.

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