3 sheep-related diseases reported in Virginia, while the number of cases in the US is nearly 200
- Virginia is the newest state to confirm cases of serious pulmonary disease linked to vapors
- Three patients have been added to the national list of nearly 200 ill by e-cigarettes and government officials say they are investigating more
- At least 22 US states report diseases related to vapes
- One person died of serious lung damage that is probably related to vapors
Virginia health officials suspect that at least three people have severe lung diseases associated with vapes, they announced Monday.
On Thursday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said that at least 193 people in 22 states suffered serious lung damage as a result of vaping.
Now Virginia is on the growing list of places where vapen probably made Americans sick.
E-cigarettes have been on the market for about ten years – which doesn't take much time in the research world – and their health effects are not well understood.
But in recent weeks, Midwestern states have begun to report lung failure to unusually young patients, including teenagers, who shared e-cigarette sharing.
Last week, health officials said one death is presumably related to vapors, and more and more states are investigating dozens of teen and young adult e-cigarette users left in hospitals in coma or life support.
Three people in Virginia have been admitted to hospital with pulmonary diseases that officials suspect are caused by vapors, bringing the total of such American cases to nearly 200 (file)
& # 39; Virginia reports three cases and investigates additional potential cases & # 39 ;, said the public health department in a statement.
& # 39; All patients reported vapors in the weeks to months prior to disease. & # 39;
Other states started investigating similar diseases as early as June.
Earlier this month, the CDC announced it would collaborate with these state health departments and investigate sheep-related diseases at that national level.
New cases have emerged almost daily over the last few weeks.
Not all, but many patients are teenagers or young adults.
Even with heavy smokers, symptoms of lung disease and cancer usually begin to appear around the age of 40 or later.
Now people who are too young to vote, but who turn up, turn up in hospitals with cough, nausea, vomiting, tiredness and shortness of breath.
Some are sent away with antibiotics, but many are admitted to hospitals where they test negative for the likely suspects – bacterial and viral infections – but become increasingly ill.
Patients with the most damaged lungs are often placed in medically induced coma while sitting on a ventilator in the hope of giving their lungs a chance to rest and recover.
Scientists do not know exactly what e-cigarettes do to the lungs to cause such serious damage to the lungs.
The research so far is quite thin, but studies suggest that e-cigs vapor can cause pneumonia which in turn causes tissue damage.
Another study found COPD-linked proteins in the throat of people who used e-cigarettes.
The Virginia cases will add to the evidence that the CDC will investigate for possible similarities and causes of the nearly 200 cases of pulmonary disease and failures in people who fend off.
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