Dubois County Health Department says growing concerns over vaping illness and deaths

Jasper – (NNDC)

Release from the Dubois County Health Department:

As of September 16, 2019, a now reported seven deaths have occurred in six states, including California, (2), Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, Oregon, and Indiana.

Since the last press release, the ISDH is investigating 17 more cases of individuals with severe acute respiratory illness who reported recent e-cigarette use, vaping or dabbing (vaping marijuana oils, extracts, or concentrates). Nationally, approximately 530 cases of severe respiratory illness in individuals who report e-cigarette product use have now been reported in 38 states and one U.S. territory from June 28th, 2019 to September 17th.

It is still unknown what specific vape source of product(s), substance or brand linked to all. However, the majority of cases nationwide and in Indiana have reported vaping THC or CBD oil. It is important for patients who are experiencing symptoms of respiratory illness to notify their health care provider of product use within 90 days and are encouraged to submit product for testing.

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