48 reported dead from vaping-related lung illness

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48 people have died from a lung injury associated with e-cigarette use in 25 states and the District of Columbia, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports.

What's new: Data as of Nov. 20 shows the median age of patients who died was 53 years old and the deaths ranged from 17 to 75 years.

All 50 states confirm cases of vaping-related illness

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There are 2,291 confirmed hospital cases of lung injury associated with vaping the CDC reports, with Alaska's Department of Health announcing this week it diagnosed its first person with the mysterious illness.

The big picture: Some progress has been made in uncovering a correlation between vaping and the respiratory illnesses. Federal health officials have found vitamin E acetate in the lung fluid of 29 patients diagnosed with the vaping-related illness.