Vaping Linked to 94 Mysterious Cases of Severe Lung Disease in 14 States
There appears to be something bad going ‘round in the vaporverse, have a care if you partake.
The CDC is working in close consultation with officials in some of the hardest-hit states, including Wisconsin, Illinois, California, Indiana, and Minnesota. Wisconsin alone reported 30 of the 94 cases.
In many of the illnesses, people experience shortness of breath, fatigue, chest pain, cough, and weight loss, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services reported in its outbreak investigation notice. The cases appeared mainly in teens and young adults at first, the department said. But now officials are seeing cases in older adults as well.
Investigators are trying to find out more information about the specific e-cig products and brands that the afflicted used. Officials in Wisconsin have reportedly sent some cartridges of suspect vaping liquids to the Food and Drug Administration for testing. Wisconsin’s health officials noted that “[t]he products consumed could include a number of substances, including nicotine, THC, synthetic cannabinoids, or a combination of these.”