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An e-cigarette smoker on August 27, 2014 in London. Photo: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

The CDC, state health officials and the Food and Drug Administration are now investigating 193 potential cases of a lung-related illness possibly linked to vaping, acting deputy director for Non-Infectious Diseases at the CDC, Ileana Arias, said on Friday.

The latest: In Illinois, 1 of those cases was fatal. An adult Illinois resident died after being hospitalized with a severe respiratory illness after vaping recently, state officials said Friday. The 193 cases were reported by 22 states, and not all have been confirmed, per Arias. Many of the cases involve teens and young adults. The Wisconsin and Illinois health departments have asked the CDC for assistance to investigate these cases.

Details: Investigators have not identified a specific product or compound that is linked to all confirmed cases, Arias said. Director for the FDA Center for Tobacco Products, Mitch Zeller, said Friday that "it is possible that some of these cases were already occurring and we were not picking them up" prior to the current investigation.

  • There is no evidence that an infectious disease is the culprit of the illnesses, per the CDC.
  • In Illinois, 22 people have been hospitalized after experiencing respiratory illnesses following vaping, according to Jennifer Layden, chief medical officer and state epidemiologist at the Illinois Department of Public Health.

What they found: Reported symptoms include shortness of breath, cough, fatigue and chest pain, according to the CDC and Illinois health officials. Some also report vomiting, fatigue and diarrhea.

The bottom line: The Illinois resident's death could be the first U.S. death related to vaping.

Go deeper: CDC probes 153 possible cases of lung illness associated with vaping

Editor’s note: This headline was changed to clarify that 1 person has died from vaping (not 1 in 193).

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Tech scrambles to derail inauguration threats

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Tech companies are sharing more information with law enforcement in a frantic effort to prevent violence around the inauguration, after the government was caught flat-footed by the Capitol siege.

Between the lines: Tech knows it will be held accountable for any further violence that turns out to have been planned online if it doesn't act to stop it.

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Uganda's election: Museveni declared winner, Wine claims fraud

Wine rejected the official results of the election. Photo: Sumy Sadruni/AFP via Getty

Yoweri Museveni was declared the winner of a sixth presidential term on Saturday, with official results giving him 59% to 35% for Bobi Wine, the singer-turned-opposition leader.

Why it matters: This announcement was predictable, as the election was neither free nor fair and Museveni had no intention of surrendering power after 35 years. But Wine — who posed a strong challenged to Museveni, particularly in urban areas, and was beaten and arrested during the campaign — has said he will present evidence of fraud. The big question is whether he will mobilize mass resistance in the streets.

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Episode 1: A premeditated lie lit the fire

Photo illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Beginning on election night 2020 and continuing through his final days in office, Donald Trump unraveled and dragged America with him, to the point that his followers sacked the U.S. Capitol with two weeks left in his term. Axios takes you inside the collapse of a president with a special series.

Episode 1: Trump’s refusal to believe the election results was premeditated. He had heard about the “red mirage” — the likelihood that early vote counts would tip more Republican than the final tallies — and he decided to exploit it.

"Jared, you call the Murdochs! Jason, you call Sammon and Hemmer!”