First Vaping Related Lung Illness Reported in Wyoming
Written by jordanmckamey on September 13, 2019
Wyoming’s first case of vaping-associated lung illness has been confirmed in a Uinta County resident, according to the Wyoming Department of Health. The young adult was hospitalized with severe lung disease.
Dr. Alexia Harrist, state health officer and state epidemiologist with WDH states quote–“many states have already reported vaping-associated lung illness, including six deaths. The Wyoming individual reported vaping in the months leading up to illness.”
“We will continue to work with local and federal officials to investigate and identify the specific substances or vaping products that are linked to this outbreak. It is important to follow current public health recommendations to avoid illness.” End quote.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recommended that people consider not vaping any substance while this investigation is ongoing. Those who do continue to vape should not buy products off the street, should not use products with THC, CBD, or other cannabinoids, and should not modify or add substances to these products.
Harrist recommends anyone experiencing symptoms of severe lung illness should seek medical attention immediately.
Symptoms include: Cough, shortness of breath, or chest pain; Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea; Fatigue, fever, or weight loss. Visit mybighornbasin.com to find links to more information and frequently updated case counts: www.cdc.gov/…/basic_…/e-cigarettes/severe-lung-disease.html…