Officials with the Wisconsin Department of Health Providers on Thursday, Aug. 8 confirmed 12 cases of “severe lung disease” linked to vaping, with 13 cases under investigation. DHS officials stated while cases within the investigation initially included only teenagers and young adults, they’ve confirmed cases in older age teams.
The entire victims reported recent vaping or dabbing (which is vaping marijuana oils, extracts, or concentrates), officials stated.
Counties with confirmed cases include Dodge, Door, Kenosha, Racine, Walworth, Waukesha, and Winnebago.
“We’re persevering with to interview patients so we can identify a possible trigger,” stated Andrea Palm, DHS secretary-designee in a news launch. “All patients reported vaping prior to their hospitalization. However, we don’t know all of the merchandise they used at this time. The products used might include plenty of substances, together with nicotine, THC, synthetic cannabinoids, or a combination of those.”
These patients skilled shortness of breath, fatigue, chest pain, cough, and weight reduction. The severity of the illness has varied amongst patients, with some needing help to breathe. While sufferers have improved with therapy, it’s not known if there shall be long-term health results.
Individuals should contact their physician with any issues about these signs, officials mentioned.
DHS officials are working with the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention (CDC) and coordinating with different states to make them aware of the state of affairs, so they are ready if they’ve reports of similar cases.
Folks can learn more about e-cigarettes and vaping products, together with what they seem to like and how to talk to children about them, at Tobacco is Changing. There are FDA-authorized medications to assist tobacco users in quitting.