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Colorado officials report 8 cases dealing with vaping-related illnesses

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Posted at 9:32 AM, Sep 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-26 15:09:07-04

COLORADO — Colorado now has eight vaping-related lung illness cases as of Wednesday, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment.

Last week, the department confirmed there were six severe lung-illness cases related to vaping. Colorado currently has the highest vaping rates among teens in the nation.

Of the eight cases recently confirmed, six of the confirmed cases are men and two are women.

Two cases involved only marijuana vaping, three cases involved only nicotine vaping, and two cases involved both nicotine and marijuana vaping. One remains under investigation.

The department is urging those who vape to be aware of the symptoms related to this illness:

  • Shortness of breath or trouble breathing
  • Chest pain
  • Cough
  • Fatigue
  • Possible fever

The department said it is working with local, state and national agencies to find cases and figure out the exact source.

The department said "no consistent vaping product, substance, or additive has been identified in all cases," but the CDC warned users of the possibility of lipoid pneumonia associated with this outbreak.

You can find more information on the health department's website.