NY sees doubling of severe lung illness cases linked to vaping – newyorkupstate.com

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The number of reported cases of a severe lung illness related to e-cigarette use, or vaping, in New York state has nearly doubled in the past week.

The state Health Department said today it is investigating 21 cases, up from 11 a week ago. Here’s a breakdown of cases by region: Western New York, 10; Capital region, four; Dutchess County, four; Westchester County, one; Long Island, one; and New York City, one.

Anyone who develops respiratory problems should stop using vaping products and see a health care provider, according to the health department.

More than 150 cases have been reported in 15 states, primarily among teens and young adults, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. One death has been reported in Illinois.

Public health officials have not identified a cause, but all cases involve e-cigarette use or vaping.

Many patients reported recent use of cannabis, but no specific product has been identified in all cases.

Many patients have reported a gradual start of symptoms including breathing difficulty, shortness of breath and chest pain before hospitalization. Some reported mild to moderate gastrointestinal illness, including vomiting, diarrhea and fatigue.