More than 60 people have suffered severe lung injuries associated with vaping in Minnesota. Some patients stayed in the hospital for several weeks, while others ended up in the intensive care unit. One person has died. Patients experienced symptoms including shortness of breath, fever, cough, vomiting, and diarrhea. Others reported symptoms including headache, dizziness, and chest pain. The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) says patients reported using both nicotine and marijuana-based products.

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National Lung Disease Outbreak

The CDC, along with the FDA and state health departments, linked at least 1080 cases of severe lung disease to vaping, or e-cigarette use. Most cases involve adolescents or young adults. Cases were reported between June 28th and August 20th in 48 states. Eighteen deaths have been confirmed in 15 states. The majority of the patients reported using e-cigarette or vape products containing THC, an active ingredient in marijuana.

Patients reported a gradual onset of symptoms before hospitalization, including difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, and chest pain. Some patients also reported mild to moderate gastrointestinal illness, including vomiting, diarrhea, and fatigue. These illnesses can be difficult to diagnose because symptoms can start out looking like a bad respiratory infection. The CDC alerted healthcare providers and clinicians about the illnesses and what symptoms to look for in a Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) Clinical Action Message.

The CDC is working with state health departments to link the cases to an e-cigarette ingredient, e-liquid, device, or purchase method. So far, all patients reported using nicotine or marijuana-based vape products.

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