Wyoming Dept. of Health Issues Warning about Vaping and Severe Pulmonary Disease
Written by jordanmckamey on August 28, 2019
Amid a nationwide outbreak of a vaping-related lung illness, the Wyoming Department of Health issued a health alert to physicians in the Equality State warning them to be on the lookout for the condition.
The Casper Star Tribune reprots there are no known cases of the illness in Wyoming, according to an email from Health Department spokeswoman Kim Deti. But there have been 193 potential cases of “severe pulmonary disease” related to vaping reported in 22 states as of late last week. The first death associated with the condition was reported Friday in Illinois.
As a result of the national outbreak, the Health Department sent an alert to physicians recommending that they “ask about use of e-cigarette products … when a patient presents with respiratory or pulmonary illness,” especially if the origins or source of the condition is unclear. If e-cigarettes are indeed suspected of being involved, the department asks physicians to alert state officials.
The patients who are suspected to be afflicted with the vaping-related illness have a range of respiratory issues, including “cough, shortness of breath and chest pain,” according to the department. Other symptoms include fever, fatigue, and stomach-related issues including nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.
Most of these patients have required hospitalization.
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