Centers for Disease Control and Disease announced Friday that they are helping local health authorities investigate nearly 100 cases of lung injury, possibly related to the use of liquid nicotine-based steam products and THC solutions , These cases were identified in five states at this time, but many questions remain unanswered.
More than 100 cases of mysterious lung injury in individuals with Vape have been reported in 14 states, including California, Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin. News about the disease first appeared in the Wisconsin Department of Health, followed by similar reports from Illinois and Minnesota.
The CDC confirmed on Friday that it is helping to investigate the matter in these five states, and that cases are sneaking in from many other states. The victims are primarily young adults and adolescents. According to health authorities, some of them had to be ventilated, taken to the ICU and, in at least one case, comatose.
Common symptoms in these individuals include difficulty breathing, coughing, fatigue, weight loss, fever, diarrhea, and more. So far, officials have not been able to identify a single product or supplier for all these cases. There is no clear explanation for the disease, though officials warn that some steam products are an impurity.
Following public disclosure of the first cases, reports of similar unexpected severe lung injury in vapers are piling up. Although improvements have been noted in people treated with this disease in the hospital, doctors are not yet sure if it is possible for these people to make a full recovery. The CDC announced on Friday that there is no evidence of an infectious disease in these patients.