Fourteen teenagers and young adults hospitalized in Wisconsin and Illinois for breathing problems after vaping
Illinois and Wisconsin see spike in teens and young adults with lung problems
Wisconsin health department reports 11 confirmed and seven suspected cases
The three cases reported in Illinois all live in the northeastern part of the state
Doctors cannot find cause of the illness and the only link is all the patients vaped
As many as 14 teenagers and young adults across two states have been rushed to hospital with breathing problems possibly linked to vaping, health officials said.
In the space of two month youngsters in Wisconsin and Illinois have been taken ill and in some cases put on ventilators in intensive care.
Medical chiefs have warned that the only link between the otherwise healthy patients is that they all vaped.
So far doctors have been unable to find any cause for the sudden spike in respiratory disease in young people in the same area.
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services reported 11 confirmed and seven suspected cases of severe pulmonary disease among adolescents, some of whom had to be intubated.
Three of the cases were reported in the the first two days of August as there were eight incidents in the state up to the end of last month.
Three cases were reported in Illinois and all live in the northeastern part of the state, whereas most of Wisconsin’s cases were in the southeastern area, the health department said.
These patients, who all who reported vaping, experienced respiratory symptoms including cough, shortness of breath, and fatigue.
Symptoms worsened over a period of days or weeks before admission to the hospital.
The names and types of vaping products, as well as where they were obtained, are still being investigated, the health department said.
Dr Ngozi Ezike, Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) director, said: ‘Vaping among teens has increased dramatically over the last several years.
‘While the short, and long-term effects of vaping are still being researched, these recent hospitalizations heighten the need for parents talk with their teens about vaping and for both to understand the consequences and potential dangers of vaping.’
According to the American Association of Poison Control Centers, as of July 31, poison control centers have managed 2,439 exposure cases about e-cigarette devices and liquid nicotine this year.
Thomas Haupt, a respiratory disease epidemiologist with Wisconsin’s Department of Health Services, said the recent lung disease among normally healthy young people looked …read more
Source:: Daily Times