Vaping lung illness cases expected to rise ‘considerably,’ top CDC official says

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Anne Schuchat, director of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), testifies during a House Energy and Commerce hearing in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is grappling with new cases of a deadly vaping lung disease every day, and the agency expects this week’s total number of illnesses to increase “considerably,” a top CDC official told Congress at a hearing Wednesday.

A mysterious vaping-related lung disease has sickened nearly 1,300 people and killed at least 26, the CDC reported last week. Those totals are expected to get “considerably” worse when the agency releases its updated case report later this week, CDC Principal Deputy Director Anne Schuchat told a House appropriations subcommittee.

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