(KWQC / NBC) – Reports of severe lung disease related to vaping continue to increase.
According to the CDC, 153 potential cases have been reported in 16 states, including Illinois and Iowa.
In Illinois, public health officials have received reports of six young people suffering from respiratory problems after being steamed, and they are investigating five more reports.
In Iowa, public health officials have reported four cases of respiratory disease in young adults who have experienced fumes in the past. They say the patients are young adults from early to mid 20 from all over Iowa who claim to be steaming before their illness. Three patients reported using vaping products containing THC.
No deaths were reported nationwide, but some patients needed ongoing mechanical respiratory support.
The disease initially looks like a bad respiratory infection, but does not improve with the normal treatment. Reported symptoms include coughing, fatigue, dizziness, headache, vomiting and diarrhea, chest pain and worsening breathing difficulties, which sometimes require intensive treatment.
No cause was found, but all patients reported using vaporization products containing either nicotine or THC.