The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed on Friday that it is helping local health officials investigate nearly 100 lung injury cases possibly linked to the use of vaping products involving liquid nicotine and THC solutions. These cases have been identified in five states at this time, but many questions remain unanswered.
More than 100 cases of a mysterious lung injury experienced by individuals who vape has been reported in 14 states, among them being California, Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin. News of this illness first surfaced from the Wisconsin Department of Health, followed by similar reports from Illinois and Minnesota.
The CDC confirmed on Friday that it is helping investigate the matter in those five states and that cases are rolling in from many other states. The individuals afflicted with this condition are primarily young adults and teenagers, according to health officials, some of whom had to be ventilated, put in the ICU, and in at least one case, put into an induced coma.
Common symptoms experienced by these individuals include trouble breathing, coughing, fatigue, weight loss, fever, diarrhea, and more. Officials haven’t been able to pinpoint a single product or supplier behind all of these cases at this time; there’s no clear explanation for the illness, though officials warn that it may be due to a contaminant in some vaping products.
Following public disclosure of the initial cases, reports of other similar unexpected severe lung injury in vapers continue to roll in. Though improvements have been seen in individuals who were hospitalized with this condition, doctors don’t yet know whether it is possible for these people to make a full recovery. The CDC said on Friday that there are no indications of an infectious disease in these patients.