If patients have respiratory or gastrointestinal symptoms, ask about use of e-cigarettes or vaping, the CDC urged.

As the number of cases have ballooned to now 1,299 across the nation, experience has grown such that the agency released official interim guidance for clinicians on what it’s now calling EVALI (e-cigarette, or vaping, product use-associated lung injury).

“When we first distributed advice for clinicians back in late August, the guidance was based on limited experience clinicians had caring for a relatively small number of patients,” Anne Schuchat, MD, principal deputy director of the CDC, said on a phone call Friday with reporters, adding, “We are not seeing meaningful dropoff in new cases.”

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