CNN – Minnesota health officials have identified four cases of severe lung injury that could be associated with vaping, similar to dozens of other cases in nearby Wisconsin and Illinois.
] The Minnesota Department of Health said it was unclear if these cases were somehow related. While officials said they did not know the exact products they were using, both nicotine and marijuana products were reported.
"There are still many unanswered questions, but the health effects of the current epidemic of youth complaints in Minnesota continue to increase," said medical director and state epidemiologist in the department. Ruth Lynfield, in a statement on Tuesday. "We encourage vendors and parents to look for vapors as the cause of unexplained breathing problems and lung injuries and disease."
The announcement states that some were hospitalized for several weeks and some patients were admitted to the intensive care unit. "They have symptoms such as breathlessness, fever, coughing, vomiting, diarrhea, headache, dizziness, and chest pain."
Dr. Emily Chapman, Children's Chief Medical Officer of Minnesota, reported the four cases and explained that diagnosis of such cases is difficult, as it may initially seem like a common infection before leading to more serious complications.
Cases in Wisconsin and Illinois
In Wisconsin, health officials are still investigating increasing reports from people with severe lung disease, claiming they have recently inhaled or "dabbed" marijuana products.
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"All patients admitted before their hospitalization but we do not know all the products they used at the time. "Andrea Palm, the state Department of Health commissioner, said in a statement last week. "The products used could contain a number of substances, including nicotine, THC, synthetic cannabinoids, or a combination thereof."
Health experts pointed to a variety of substances in e-liquids that they fear could harm cells or "dangerous" chemicals, "but the full extent of short-term and long-term risks of e-cigarettes is still there unclear A number of counterfeit and adulterated products have also come on the market that may contain other additives or ingredients, and it is unclear whether or not this is relevant in these cases.
In Illinois, six young people have succumbed to severe respiratory problems hospitalized for vaporizing, and five more are being investigated by the Illinois Department of Public Health as of August 9, according to a statement released last week.
The ministry announced it was working with local health departments, other states, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention The US Food and Drug Administration is working to find out which Vaping products were used where they were received.
"Without this information we could not conclusively determine which chemicals people were exposed to," said the department.
"Otherwise normal healthy"
Thomas Haupt, a respiratory organ An epidemiologist at the Wisconsin Department of Health told CNN earlier this month that the cases in his state are young people who are otherwise "normally healthy." and com were In severe respiratory diseases, in some cases they even had to go to intensive care and were ventilated there. "
The lung disease originally appeared to have been caused by an infection." Heads back in completely negative, "said Chief.
Wisconsin Falls were mostly in the southeastern part of the state, said Capital, which borders on the northeastern part of Illinois, where the state's first patients were hospitalized.
Dr. Ngozi Ezike, director of the Illinois Department of Public Health, told CNN earlier that her team had many unanswered questions but "talked to people from Wisconsin" and collected and tested data, and a number of cases occurred in people where "no lung problems or previously diagnosed lung problems were known," said Ezike.