US officials identify ‘strong culprit’ in vaping illnesses

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MIKE STOBBE AP Medical Writer NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. health officials reported a breakthrough Friday in their investigation into the cause of a mysterious outbreak of vaping illnesses. A government lab found the same chemical compound in fluid taken from the lungs of 29 patients across the country, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced. The compound — vitamin E acetate — was previously found in liquid from electronic cigarettes and other vaping devices used by many of those who got sick. Officials said this is the first time they've found a common suspect in the damaged lungs of patients. "We are in a better place in terms of having one very strong culprit," said the CDC's Dr. Anne Schuchat. But agency officials cautioned they cannot rule out all other toxic
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