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Cases Of Vaping-Related Illness Reported In Georgia

Cases Of Vaping-Related Illness Reported In Georgia

Officials didn't reveal the name of the victim.

Balakos said vaping is especially appealing to teens and young adults who see it as an alternative to cigarettes.

"Our sympathies go out to the family of the person who died", Kansas Governor Laura Kelly said in a statement.

"The Ohio Department of Health is working in conjunction with the CDC to investigate the source of the vaping pen, the source of the refills and other data on the lifestyle factors to determine if the patient illness is vaping-related or not". "I urge Kansans to be careful. Don't put yourself in harm's way, and please follow the recommendations of public health officials".

Kansas health officials have confirmed the first death in the state related to lung disease caused by vaping or the use of e-cigarettes. Some 450 possible cases were also identified.

The state has had six reports of illness possibly associated with the national lung disease outbreak, including three which they believe to be confirmed or probable cases. A 2016 U.S Surgeon General report showed that e-cigarette use among high school students grew 900 percent between 2011 and 2015.

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Most of the patients, but not all, also reported using THC-containing products, and some used a combination of THC and nicotine-containing products. "CDC and the FDA will continue to alert the public throughout this investigation", the agency wrote.

USA health officials believe vitamin E oil in THC-infused e-cigarette liquid may be triggering lung damage, but much is unknown about other vapes. Some people have attempted to vape marijuana-related products, such as THC. All the cases involve people who used vapes or other electronic cigarette products. "Don't do it because we do not know that it is safe".

But those cases don't account for all of the illnesses that have been reported, meaning either that there are multiple sources of the illnesses or that officials haven't identified the actual culprit yet.

Many admitted to the hospital for these lung illnesses are facing symptoms such as a cough, shortness of breath, chest pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue, fever and weight loss.

"Idaho health care providers are notifying us of patients with severe respiratory symptoms who report vaping in the days or weeks before they became very sick", said Kathryn Turner, deputy state epidemiologist, in the news release.