Latest in E-Cigarette/Vaping Outbreak

Latest in outbreak of e-cigarette and vaping lung injuries.
Users of e-cigarette and vaping products acquire fatal lung injury.

Updated 11/8/19

Courtesy of Updates Every Thursday on the ongoing e-Cigarette Lung Injury Outbreak

As of November 5, 2019 , 2,051 * e-cigarette lung injury outbreak cases have been reported to CDC from 49 states, the District of Columbia and 1 US territory.

Thirty nine deaths in 24 states and the District of Columbia: Alabama, California (3), Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia (3), Illinois (3), Indiana (3), Kansas (2), Massachusetts (2), Michigan, Minnesota (3), Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, Oregon (2), Pennsylvania, Tennessee (2), Texas, Utah, and Virginia.


– The median age of deceased patients was 53 years and ranged from 17 to 75 years (as of November 5, 2019).

– Among 1,378 patients with data on age and sex:

-70% of patients are male.

Among 1,364 patients with data on age : -The median age of patients is 24 years and ranges from 13 to 75 years.

-79% of patients are under 35 years old.

-By age group category: 14% of patients are under 18 years old; 40% of patients are 18 to 24 years old; 25% of patients are 25 to 34 years old; 21% of patients are 35 and older.


Among 867 patients with information on substances used in e-cigarette, or vaping, products in the 3 months prior to symptom onset:

About 86% reported using THC-containing products, yet 34% reported exclusive use of THC-containing products.

About 64% reported using nicotine-containing products, while 11% reported exclusive use of nicotine-containing products.

This complex investigation spans many states, involves hundreds of patients, and involves a wide variety of substances and e-cigarette, or vaping, products.

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If you or anyone you know is experiencing symptoms associated with e-cigarettes and vaping you may come into our offices to see what can be done. As always, there is no charge for a consultation.

Up2 by Med Man Distribution: Recall

up2_by_med_manMed Man Distribution is voluntarily recalling its supplement, UP2. The dietary supplement, advertised for its lebido enhancing abilities in men and women, has been found to contain amounts of Sildenafil, which is an FDA-approved prescription drug for erectile dysfunction. Med Man Distribution does not have approval to distribute Sildenafil, thus warranting a full recall of all UP2.

The affected Up2 Dietary supplement lots include:

  • 240 ten count units upc is 85606300322
  • 480 four count packages upc 856063006315
  • 960 singlepack units upc 856063006308.

Up2 was distributed in the USA to Regal Labs and to their nationwide retailers. To date, Med Man has not received any reports of adverse events related to this recall.

Health professionals and patients are encouraged to report adverse events or side effects related to the use of these products to the FDA’s MedWatch Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program:

Vitamin E Acetate Common Denominator in Vaping Injuries & Deaths

fatal_lung_injuryThe CDC announced today that Vitamin E Acetate is the common denominator in vaping injuries. Fluid samples were taken from the lungs of 29 patients.

Of the 29 patients, THC was identified in 82% of the samples and nicotine was identified in 62% of the samples, yet vitamin e acetate was found in ALL samples.

Vitamin E is a vitamin found in many foods, including vegetable oils, cereals, meat, fruits, and vegetables. It is also available as a dietary supplement and in many cosmetic products, like skin creams. Vitamin E acetate usually does not cause harm when ingested as a vitamin supplement or applied to the skin.

However, previous research suggests when vitamin E acetate is inhaled, it may interfere with the way the lungs function normally. Vitamin E acetate is used as an additive in the production of e-cigarette or vaping products because it resembles THC oil. Vitamin E acetate is also used as a thickening ingredient in e-liquids.

Be sure to stay up to date on the stats here, and more at

Salmonella Outbreak Ground Beef

salmonella_entericaAn outbreak of Salmonella Dublin has infected ten people after they consumed ground beef. Eight were hospitalized and one death out of California has been reported.

The CDC is currently investigating to find the source of the ground beef outbreak, but is yet to announce a recall of all ground beef, and instead is suggesting you thoroughly cook all ground beef to a temperature of at least 160 degrees Fahrenheit, before consuming. It is also recommended that you use a digital thermometer for an accurate reading. The CDC also suggests that you require the same when eating out.

Symptoms of Salmonella

  • Most people infected with Salmonella develop diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps 12 to 72 hours after being exposed to the bacteria.
  • The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days, and most people recover without treatment.
  • In some people, the illness may be so severe that the patient needs to be hospitalized. Salmonella infection may spread from the intestines to the bloodstream and then to other places in the body.
  • Children younger than 5 years, adults 65 years and older, and people with weakened immune systems are more likely to have a severe illness.

What is Salmonella Dublin?

  • Salmonella Dublin is a *zoonotic Salmonella enterica serotype (primarily found in cattle) that in recent years has increased in infection incidence, antimicrobial drug resistance, and illness clinical severity.
  • It will mostly affect youngstock between 2 to 5 months old but can also cause abortions in pregnant females.
  • Salmonella dublin is also a serious threat to human health.
  • a higher percentage of persons with Salmonella Dublin infection were hospitalized and died during 2005−2013 (78% hospitalized, 4.2% died) than during 1996–2004 (68% hospitalized, 2.7% died).
  • Salmonella dublin is typically transmitted herd to herd through carriers but can also be spread by infected, yet asymptomatic calves. Carriers are typically yearling heifers or mature cows that show no clinical signs of disease but will consistently or intermittently shed the bacteria in their feces and milk.

Find the CDC release here, of the ground beef salmonella outbreak.

*strain of salmonella that is primarily found in animals (cows), but is now transferring to humans.

CBD Products Bring Lawsuits

Several companies that produce CBD products, are currently being sued due to many of their products not containing the full amount of labeled CBD. A product contained no CBD at all.

Companies currently being sued:

  • Potnetwork Holdings
  • Diamond CBD Inc.
  • First Capital Venture Co.
  • Global Widget LLC.
  • Just Brands USA Inc.
  • SSGI Financial Services Inc.
  • Just Brands FL, LLC.

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