NY sees doubling of severe lung illness cases linked to vaping

The agency said at least 22 people, ranging in age from 17 to 38, have developed some type of respiratory illness after vaping or using e-cigarettes.

He added that officials from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) had arrived in IL on Tuesday to help investigate the death, as well as 22 cases of vaping-related lung illnesses in the state.

Texas health officials are working with the CDC and the Food and Drug Administration to investigate links in the cases.

The Health Department has issued an alert to health care providers, asking them to report to public health officials for investigation suspected cases of pulmonary illness with an unclear cause - but a patient history of e-cigarette use. Those affected have had symptoms including cough, shortness of breath, and fatigue. Officials are urging clinicians who identify cases to gather information about the products used and ask patients to save the vaping liquid in case it's needed for testing.

Other symptoms reported by patients include fever, abdominal pain, weight loss, nausea and diarrhea.

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The illnesses were not tied to a specific vaping product, public health officials said. The symptoms worsen over a period of days or weeks before the patients are admitted to a hospital.

In many cases reported across the country, including in IL, patients have acknowledged using products that contain THC, the main ingredient that produces the high from marijuana, according to the CDC and IL officials.

In numerous recent 153 suspected vaping-related lung illness cases, doctors first thought the patients had pneumonia from scans of their lungs - but they tested negative for the infection.

State public health officials are also discouraging teenagers and young adults from using vaping and e-cigarette products of any kind, "as the long-term health impacts for youth using these products are unknown".

  • Ismael Montgomery