Authorities in the United States (US) have confirmed the death of a sixth person with severe pulmonary disease linked with e-cigarette use.
The death occurred in a person aged over 50 who is reported to have had other underlying health issues.
The report comes as authorities continue their investigations into the cause of the disease. While authorities have not determined a single cause of the outbreak, all reported cases have indicated use of e-cigarette products.
Following initial investigations, authorities suspect the lung illnesses are likely associated with a chemical exposure.
Earlier this week the American Medical Association urged people to avoid e-cigarette use until health officials further investigate and understand the cause of these illnesses. It also urged physicians to make sure their patients are aware of the dangers of e-cigarettes, including toxins and carcinogens.
“The e-cigarette-related lung illnesses currently sweeping across the country reaffirm our belief that the use of e-cigarettes and vaping is an urgent public health epidemic that must be addressed. We must not stand by while e-cigarettes continue to go unregulated,” the AMA said in a statement.