Oregon Warns Doctors To Look Out For Vape-Related Illness

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A patient who had recently been vaping has died in hospital in the Midwestern US state of IL after developing severe respiratory illness, the local health authority said Friday.

Providers are encouraged to report cases of severe respiratory illness in patients with a history of vaping or e-cigarette use to the Iowa Department of Public Health at 1-800-362-2736.

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. On Wednesday the CDC reported more than 149 possible cases of severe lung illness associated with e-cigarette product use were reported by 15 states.

All of the 153 people being treated for severe respiratory illness had recently been vaping, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. These cases were reported between June 28 and August 20.

In addition to nicotine that's found in vaping liquids, e-cigarette aerosols can contain harmful and potentially harmful substances, according to the Ohio Department of Health.

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The FDA encourages the public to submit detailed reports of any unexpected tobacco- or e-cigarette-related health or product issues.

Gregory Conley, with the American Vaping Association, thinks the problem is with street products that have had cannabis compound THC illegally added. In some cases, symptoms worsened over a period of days or weeks and required hospitalization.

"The number of cases of people reported to IDPH who have used e-cigarettes or vaped and have been hospitalized with respiratory symptoms has doubled in the past week". Other symptoms reported by some patients included fever, chest pain, weight loss, nausea and diarrhea.

The CDC says most cases involve adolescents and young adults, which isn't necessarily a surprise given that the US Surgeon General declared youth vaping an epidemic in December this past year.