Statewide Outbreak in Vaping-Related Illness

Henrietta Brewer
September 17, 2019

The Spokane Regional Health District reports two new confirmed cases are a patient in their teens and a patient in their twenties. These cases are in addition to 1 confirmed case in King County and 5 deaths and hundreds more cases across the country as reported last week. He spent several days in an intensive care unit in August and is still recovering, public health officials said.

Two young people who used vaping products have been diagnosed with severe pulmonary lung disease, bringing the total number of Washington state cases to three in what health officials say is a statewide outbreak of the severe illness.

"This is now a state-wide outbreak", Lofy says. There are now 3 confirmed cases in Washington. Bob Lutz says the Spokane cases were originally spotted by the Washington Department of Health.

- The Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has activated its Emergency Operations Center to help investigate multiple cases of lung injury possibly connected with the e-cigarette use or vaping.

While the CDC investigation is ongoing and has not identified a definitive cause, all reported cases have a history of using vaping devices.

No single device, ingredient or additive has been identified in connection to the illnesses and deaths.

Troops and their loved ones may want to discontinue using products including e-cigarettes, e-hookahs, vape pens and electronic nicotine delivery systems until the CDC completes its investigation, the Defense Health Agency said in a post on Thursday.

"We will continue to update the public on the status of the investigation and steps they can take to protect their health", Lofy said.

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