More lung injury cases linked to vaping in Louisiana

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The Louisiana Department of Health is reporting more lung injury cases in the state linked to vaping.

As of October 3, there have been 18 cases of “pulmonary illness” or lung injury from vaping. This is an increase from 13 which was two weeks ago.

The Department of Health shows the 18 cases of pulmonary illness were reported to health officials between August and September of 2019. Those cases were reported from throughout the state with the ages ranging from 17-45.

There have been no deaths in Louisiana associated with this illness.

The Louisiana Department of Health is asking physicians and other healthcare providers to report severe respiratory illnesses among patients that report a history of e-cigarette use to state health officials.

CDC, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), state and local health departments, and other clinical and public health partners are investigating a multistate outbreak of severe pulmonary disease associated with e-cigarette product (devices, liquids, refill pods, and/or cartridges) use. Although the etiology of e-cigarette-associated pulmonary disease is undetermined, epidemiologic investigations in affected states are ongoing to better characterize the exposures, demographic, clinical, and laboratory features and behaviors of patients. All patients have reported using e-cigarette products. The exact number is currently unknown, but many patients have reported using e-cigarettes containing cannabinoid products such as THC or CBD.

Symptoms of severe side effects of e-cigarettes include:

  1. Cough
  2. Shortness of breath
  3. Chest pain
  4. Nausea
  5. Vomiting
  6. Diarrhea
  7. Fatigue
  8. Fever
  9. Weight loss

The Louisiana Department of Health has recommendations for anyone concerned about the health risks associated with e-cigarettes.


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