Two Cases Linked To Vaping Illness In Richland County

Two Cases Linked To Vaping Illness In Richland County

  • 10/18/2019 3:21:06 PM
  • Seth Byrd
  • Local News

Richland County, OH- The vaping illness crises is now hitting home in Richland County, as the Ohio Vaping Investigation released it's latest findings on Thursday. Richland County has two cases that the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention are investigating at this time. 

Ohio has a total of 35 Severe Pulmonary Illness cases that are being investigated for links to vaping.There has been no deaths in Ohio reported so far. 

33 deaths across the United States in 24 states due to vaping illness have been reported since the epidemic.

According to the CDC, patient respiratory symptoms have included cough, shortness of breath, and fatigue. In some cases, symptoms worsened over a period of days or weeks and required hospitalization. Other symptoms reported by some patients included fever, chest pain, weight loss, nausea, and diarrhea.

In a September 4th press release Ohio Department of Health Director talks about the increase in vaping among Ohio youth. 

“We are seeing a tremendous increase in vaping among our youth, which is a public health crisis,” said ODH Director Amy Acton, MD, MPH. “There is a perception that vaping is safe, and these reports of serious pulmonary illness linked to e-cigarette or vaping product use show that this is simply not true.”

Besides nicotine, e-cigarette aerosol that users inhale can contain harmful and potentially harmful substances, including cancer-causing chemicals; heavy metals such as nickel, tin, and lead; volatile organic compounds which can adversely impact health; ultrafine particles that can reach deep into lungs; and flavorings such as diacetyl, a chemical used to give a butter-like flavor linked to serious lung disease.

“Anyone who thinks that they may be experiencing serious breathing problems linked to vaping should seek immediate medical attention,” said Dr. Acton.

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