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Over 30 Confirmed Cases of Lung Disease Linked to Vaping in WI


The Wisconsin Department of Health Services now says there are over 30 confirmed cases of severe lung disease caused by vaping in the state. Health officials said as of Thursday, they are aware of 34 cases of severe lung disease linked to vaping with another 12 patients whose cases need further investigation. 15 counties in the state now have confirmed cases, including nearby Dodge, Winnebago, Sheboygan and Washington counties. DHS says most of the people reporting lung disease are adolescents and young adults, but some older adults have also been affected. Patients have reported a range of initial symptoms, including shortness of breath, chest pain, cough, nausea, vomiting, fever and weight loss – with the majority of those patients going on to develop severe respiratory illnesses.

As reported last week, the majority of people with lung disease have reported using e-cigarettes or other vaping devices to inhale products containing THC, the active ingredient in Marijuana. Health officials say that vaping cartridges containing THC can contain unknown chemicals or additives that are unsafe, and that the public should avoid vaping THC products. 

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