Illinois resident dies from vaping-related illness

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In this Tuesday, April 10, 2018 photo, Marshfield High School Principal Robert Keuther displays vaping devices that were confiscated from students in such places as restrooms or hallways at the school in Marshfield, Mass. Officials on Wednesday, August 21, 2019 said the Food and Drug Administration has joined the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and a number of states in the investigation. of breathing illnesses among people who vape. Health officials are now looking into more than 150 possible cases in 16 states. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WTVO) — The Illinois Department of Public Health says a resident who had been hospitalized for a vaping-related lung illness has died.

The individual is reported to have recently vaped and then developed a severe respiratory illness.

A total of 22 people in Illinois, ranging in age from 17-38 years, have experienced a respiratory illness recently after vaping, and the IDPH says it is investigating another 12 cases.

Symptoms included shortness of breath, cough, fatigue, and some vomiting and diarrhea.

“The severity of illness people are experiencing is alarming and we must get the word out that using e-cigarettes and vaping can be dangerous,” said IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike.  “We requested a team from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to help us investigate these cases and they arrived in Illinois on Tuesday.”

Cases have been reported in Chicago and Champaign, Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, Madison, McHenry, Peoria, St. Clair, and Will counties. 

The IDPH says in many cases, patients acknowledged recent use of THC-containing products, but no single product has been identified in all cases, and no product has been conclusively linked to the illness.

More than 153 cases of vaping-related respiratory illness have been reported nationwide.

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