Mississippi reports 2 more cases of lung illness related to vaping

Source: MGN Online

Mississippi health officials are reporting two more cases of lung illness related to vaping.

Posted: Sep 23, 2019 2:12 PM
Updated: Sep 23, 2019 2:17 PM

JACKSON, Miss. (WTVA) - Mississippi health officials are reporting two more cases of lung illness related to vaping.

This brings the 2019 state total to three cases as of Monday.

Symptoms of severe pulmonary disease include cough, shortness of breath, chest pain, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, fever, and fatigue.

Symptoms develop anywhere from over a few days of use to weeks of using e-cigarettes.

Until an exact cause of the illness has been determined, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends the following actions:

  • If you are concerned about the health risks, consider refraining from using e-cigarettes or vaping products.
  • If you are an adult who used e-cigarettes containing nicotine to quit cigarette smoking, do not return to smoking cigarettes.
  • If you have recently used an e-cigarette or vaping product and you have symptoms like those reported above, see your healthcare provider.

Additionally, the MSDH reminds Mississippians to not buy products off the street containing THC or other cannabinoids.

Do not modify or add substances to e-cigarette products that are not intended by the manufacturer.

According to the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH), all three individuals are between the ages of 28 and 33.

Mississippi recently joined a national investigation into severe pulmonary disease linked to the use of e-cigarette products.

The state reported its first case on Sept. 18.

Across the nation, there have been 530 cases reported.

There are currently no confirmed vaping-related deaths in Mississippi, but six other states have reported seven deaths.

“While we know that many of the cases in the US report vaping cannabis products, such as tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), some have reported only vaping nicotine products," said Dr. Paul Byers, MSDH state epidemiologist. "There is still a lot that we don’t know about what is making these people sick. No specific product such as the device, liquid, refill pods or cartridge has been clearly identified as the cause.”

The MSDH is not providing identifying information about the three cases.

An investigation is ongoing into the death of Anna Russell, 27, of Smithville. She died on Sept. 17 in Amory. 

Her death may be vaping-related, Monroe County Coroner Alan Gurley said the following day.

Gurley confirmed on Monday that an autopsy had been performed, but the medical examiner has not completed the report.

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