King County confirms second case of mysterious lung disease associated with vaping


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Thursday that there are now 530 confirmed or probable cases of lung injury associated with vaping, a jump from 380 cases reported last week.

The CDC reported it is tracking and compiling data from across the country and so far has received complete sex and age data on 373 cases. Symptoms have included cough, shortness of breath, chest pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue, fever, and abdominal pain.

Anyone who vapes and is experiencing respiratory issues should promptly consult their provider.

MI and NY have enacted bans on flavored e-cigarettes to discourage young people from using the devices.

Health officials are advising people not to use e-cigarettes or vape products.

Health officials are working to define a clear cause or connection between the cases reported in 38 states.

He tells WAAY 31 he has seen a lot of growing concern in his customers, some even reaching out to see if they will get sick due to the health cases being investigated.

CDC on Thursday also reported two additional deaths believed to be tied to the illness, bringing the total mortality count to eight. While thought to be harmless when used as a nutritional supplement, it could carry risks when inhaled and has been found in some products, said NY health officials.

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Some cases pointed back to black market vaping products.

Protecting Maine residents from the harmful effects of e-cigarettes is a priority for Maine CDC.

Health officials have linked the death of a Missouri man in his mid-40s to pulmonary disease brought on by use of e-cigarettes.

The Atlanta-based federal health agency has activated emergency operations to expand its probe of the outbreak of lung illnesses connected with e-cigarettes. Please do not include personally identifying patient information.

Juul, the e-cigarette sold by Juul Labs Inc., has been particularly popular with young users.

If you've never smoked or used other tobacco products or e-cigarettes, don't start. And in some states, lawmakers are contemplating raising taxes on vaping products as a way to discourage their use.

Some people - especially youth and young adults, women who are pregnant and adults who do not now smoke - should not vape, CDC officials said. The next step is to do additional research to look for other clues that could help better understand the mechanism and cause of disease.

On Sept. 5, state health officials in NY pointed to vitamin E acetate as a likely culprit.