Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Vaping sickens two in state

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As of Sept. 4, Colorado had two confirmed cases of a mysterious lung illness linked to vaping, according to the state Department of Public Health and Environment. 

The cases are part of a nationwide outbreak that includes 450 cases of illness tied to vape pen or e-cigarette use. Five cases have resulted in death, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Among states, Colorado ranks highest for teen vaping and e-cigarette use, and has the ninth-highest overall vaping rate, CDC data shows.

Both of Colorado’s cases are from Front Range communities. One patient is reportedly a Greeley college student.

The CDC has not identified a specific cause for the illness, but all of the patients used vaping devices with nicotine or cannabis products.

Symptoms include cough, shortness of breath, chest pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue, fever and weight loss.

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