- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 22, 2019

The number of possible severe lung illness cases linked to vaping has increased to 153 incidences in 16 states, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says.

The CDC said a cause has not been identified, but all reported cases involved vaping or use of an e-cigarette product.

Evidence does not suggest that an infectious disease is responsible for the illness and does not pinpoint a specific product or compound.

No deaths have been reported.

Victims have experienced difficulty breathing, shortness of breath and chest pain before hospitalization. Some reported gastrointestinal illness such as vomiting and diarrhea along with fatigue.

In more severe cases, patients had to be hooked up to mechanical ventilators due to breathing problems.

All patients said they had vaped in the weeks and months leading up to their hospitalizations, with some reporting using products containing THC, the psychoactive ingredient of marijuana.

California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Michigan, North Carolina, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah and Wisconsin reported cases between June 28 and Aug. 20.

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