Health officials confirm first Colorado vaping lung illness case

Aug 23, 2019 by

State health officials on Thursday confirmed at least one person in Colorado has a severe lung illness that has been linked to e-cigarette products in more than a dozen other states.

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It’s the first confirmed case of the mystery illness in the state, and Colorado health officials are investigating a second potential case, said Jessica Bralish, spokeswoman for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. The confirmed case in Colorado was reported to health officials on Tuesday.

At least one of the patients in Colorado has been hospitalized, Bralish said.

The Colorado case comes as federal health officials are investigating a cluster of pulmonary illnesses among young adults and teens. There are more than 150 potential cases of the illness in at least 16 other states, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Wednesday.

Health officials are unsure about what is causing the illnesses but have said they appear to be linked to the use of e-cigarette products. Colorado’s health department said in a news release that all cases involved vaping liquids or oils that contained either nicotine, marijuana, CBD or synthetic marijuana.

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