Illinois patient's death may be the first in the U.S

Illinois patient's death may be the first in the U.S

Illinois patient's death may be the first in the U.S

On Wednesday the CDC reported more than 149 possible cases of severe lung illness associated with e-cigarette product use were reported by 15 states.

The state Department of Health is now working with local health departments to investigate 12 other people experiencing respiratory symptoms, including a cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, vomiting and diarrhea.

The number of confirmed and possible cases in IL alone has doubled since last week - now at 22 people, with another 12 people being investigated.

The type of e-cigarettes used by these individuals were not disclosed.

Providers are encouraged to report cases of severe respiratory illness in patients with a history of vaping or e-cigarette use to the Iowa Department of Public Health at 1-800-362-2736.

Patient respiratory symptoms in OH and elsewhere have included cough, shortness of breath and fatigue. In addition to respiratory symptoms, some patients experienced nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. "Since the department has been actively notifying providers and hospitals of the symptoms, we expect we may get more reported cases".

Meanwhile, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is demanding that e-cigarette companies like Juul hand over information on any testing they performed on their devices to analyze the potential health effects.

The ADPH said doctors should ask patients with respiratory or pulmonary illnesses about their use of e-cigarettes.

"However, no specific product has been identified in all cases, nor has any product been conclusively linked to illnesses", the state health department said.

"In many cases, patients have acknowledged recent use of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)-containing product", the CDC said, referring to the active compound present in cannabis.

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

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