“All of the patients had severe lung damage”
Jordan Davidson Aug. 05, 2019
EcoWatch – The number of young people needing hospitalization due to vaping continues to climb after 14 young peoplein Wisconsin and Illinois were admitted for breathing problems, health officials from both states announced last week.
Seven other cases are also under investigation in Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Department of Health and Services said in a statement, while issuing a warning that the department strongly advises people to refrain from using e-cigarettes.
Department of Health Services Secretary-designee Andrea Palm said in the DHS statement:
“We are currently interviewing patients, all of whom reported recent vaping. Our disease investigators continue to gather information about the names and types of vape products that were used in hopes of determining a common link.
“We strongly urge people to avoid vaping products and e-cigarettes. Anyone—especially young people who have recently vaped—experiencing unexplained breathing problems should see a doctor.”
The Centers for Disease Control has now joined the investigation.
All of the patients had severe lung damage, and presented with symptoms such as shortness of breath, fatigue, chest pain, and weight loss.
The severity of illness has ranged, with some needing medical assistance to breathe.
Most patients have improved, but it is unknown if they will suffer long-term effects from the damage, according to Gizmodo.
Another Wisconsin man in his mid-20s was put in a medically induced coma after using a vape cartridge containing THC that he bought on the street, according to Fox6 News in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It caused trauma to his heart and lungs.
The 11 teenagers who were hospitalized in Wisconsin were normally healthy teenagers, “and they were coming in with severe respiratory illnesses … ” Read more.