The number of potential cases of severe lung illnesses linked to vaping has increased to 193, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced today (Aug. 23).
"We requested a team from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to help us investigate these cases and they arrived in IL on Tuesday", Ezike said.
No cause has been identified, but all of the patients reported using vaping products containing either nicotine or THC.
One such case involved an individual who allegedly recently vaped before being hospitalized with severe respiratory illness. Cases have now been reported in 17 states throughout the USA, including Colorado, which confirmed its first case on Friday, and IL.
The illness seems to start out gradually with symptoms that include difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, and / or chest pain. Some reported mild to moderate gastrointestinal illness, including vomiting, diarrhea and fatigue.
The Texas Department of State Health Services is investigating suspected cases of severe lung disease in people who used e-cigarettes.
Even though cases appear similar, it is not clear if these cases have a common cause or if they are different diseases with similar symptoms.
A second CDC investigation is probing a series of seizures cases that may be linked to vaping.
Wells mother and sister say he was a heavy e-cigarette user but the martial arts teacher and masseuse was otherwise healthy.
The CDC says most cases involve adolescents and young adults, which isn't necessarily a surprise given that the US Surgeon General declared youth vaping an epidemic in December this past year.
Respiratory illness cases connected to vaping have been reported across IL, including in Chicago and Champaign.