7th person has died from vaping-related illness

A seventh person has died from a severe lung illness linked to vaping.

The Tulare County Health and Human Services Agency in central California confirmed the death Monday.

"With sadness, we report that there has been a death of a Tulare County resident suspected to be related to severe pulmonary injury associated with vaping," Dr. Karen Haught, public health officer for Tulare County, California, said in a statement.

It's the second such death reported in California. There have also been vaping-related deaths in Indiana, Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota and Oregon.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said there are at least 380 vaping-related respiratory illnesses in 36 states, plus the U.S. Virgin Islands. There may be more cases across the country, but the CDC is counting only those that have been confirmed or are highly probable because all other causes of the lung infection have been ruled out by physicians.

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Hudson Kerker minds his booth at the Vape Summit 3 in Las Vegas, Nevada May 2, 2015.REUTERS/David Becker/File Photo
Jerred Marsh (R) samples flavored vape juice from Nancy Reyes at the Vape Summit 3 in Las Vegas, Nevada May 2, 2015. REUTERS/David Becker/File Photo
A visitor uses an electronic cigarette at Beijing International Vapor Distribution Alliance Expo (VAPE CHINA EXPO) in Beijing, July 24, 2015. According to the organizer, the Expo, which is held in Beijing from July 23 to 25, attracts over 120 companies, including global high-end e-cigarette and e-liquid brands. Chinaâs capital city unrolled ambitious new curbs on smoking in early June. Under the new rules, anyone in Beijing who violates the ban, which includes smoking in restaurants, hotels, schools and hospitals as well as in certain outdoor public places, must pay a 200 yuan ($32.25) fine. REUTERS/Jason Lee
An exhibitor staff member uses an electronic cigarette at Beijing International Vapor Distribution Alliance Expo (VAPE CHINA EXPO) in Beijing, July 24, 2015. According to the organizer, the Expo, which is held in Beijing from July 23 to 25, attracts over 120 companies, including global high-end e-cigarette and e-liquid brands. Chinaâs capital city unrolled ambitious new curbs on smoking in early June. Under the new rules, anyone in Beijing who violates the ban, which includes smoking in restaurants, hotels, schools and hospitals as well as in certain outdoor public places, must pay a 200 yuan ($32.25) fine. REUTERS/Jason Lee
Staff members from an exhibitor perform with electronic cigarettes at Beijing International Vapor Distribution Alliance Expo (VAPE CHINA EXPO) in Beijing, July 24, 2015. According to the organizer, the Expo, which is held in Beijing from July 23 to 25, attracts over 120 companies, including global high-end e-cigarette and e-liquid brands. Chinaâs capital city unrolled ambitious new curbs on smoking in early June. Under the new rules, anyone in Beijing who violates the ban, which includes smoking in restaurants, hotels, schools and hospitals as well as in certain outdoor public places, must pay a 200 yuan ($32.25) fine. REUTERS/Jason Lee
Annie Young (L) and Dan Leano smoke e-cigarette at the Vape Summit 3 in Las Vegas, Nevada May 2, 2015. According to new research provided to Reuters, youngsters say that the flavors of the vaping liquids, and the "ability to do tricks" are the top two reasons they consider electronic vaping devices cool. REUTERS/David Becker
Angel Huezo (L) blows a plume of vapor through a vapor ring created by Bodie Hultz at the Vape Summit 3 in Las Vegas, Nevada May 2, 2015. According to new research provided to Reuters, youngsters say that performing tricks is one of the top two reasons they began using e-cigarette. REUTERS/David Becker
Monique Agra samples flavored vape juices at the Vape Summit 3 in Las Vegas, Nevada May 2, 2015. According to new research provided to Reuters, youngsters say that the flavors of the vaping liquids is one of the top two reasons they began using e-cigarette. REUTERS/David Becker
Angel Huezo, right, creates jellyfish-like figurines as he exhales at the Vape Summit 3 in Las Vegas, Nevada May 2, 2015. According to new research provided to Reuters, youngsters say that performing tricks is one of the top two reasons they began using e-cigs. REUTERS/David Becker
Enthusiast Brandy Tseu uses an electronic cigarette at The Vapor Spot vapor bar in Los Angeles, California March 4, 2014. The Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously on Tuesday to ban the use of electronic cigarettes, popularly known as "vaping," from restaurants, bars, nightclubs and other public spaces within the nation's second-largest city. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS SOCIETY HEALTH)
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Forty-three state health departments overall have reported investigations into more than 500 possible cases, illustrating the broader scope of the problem.

At least several of the vaping-related deaths were adults who had other, underlying health conditions.

The surge in cases prompted the CDC to activate its emergency operations center on Monday. The move will allow CDC officials to allocate additional staff and resources to the nationwide investigation.

"CDC has made it a priority to find out what is causing this outbreak of e-cigarette or vaping-related injuries and deaths," Dr. Robert Redfield, CDC's director, said in a statement.

The agency has advised against using e-cigarettes and vaping devices, especially those bought off the street, as investigators have so far been unable to pinpoint any single product, ingredient or device as the source of the illnesses. Both nicotine and THC products have been implicated.

Last week, the Trump administration announced plans to ban non-tobacco flavored electronic cigarettes. Michigan was the first state to prohibit sales of most flavored e-cigarettes to curb the underage vaping epidemic.

The governors of California and New York also recently announced emergency plans to ban sales of the flavored devices.

It's the fruity flavors that addiction experts say get teens and young adults hooked on vaping in the first place.

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