Illinois, USA: Officials in Chicago have announced the first death of a person that was caused by an illness related to vaping.
Authorities did not release the name of the patient, but health officials revealed that the patient developed a severe respiratory disease that was caused by vaping (e-cigarettes).
The age or gender of the patient is also being kept as a secret.
According to Dr. Jennifer Layden, the CMO (Chief Medical Officer) and the state epidemiologist of Illinois, the unnamed patient was brought to a hospital in Illinois, with an “unexplained illness.”
Further investigations revealed that the patient was vaping.
The director of the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, Robert Redfield, released a statement about the death of the patient.
Robert said, “We are saddened to hear of the first death related to the outbreak of severe lung disease in those who use an e-cigarette or ‘vaping’ devices. This tragic death in Illinois reinforces the serious risks associated with e-cigarette products.”
Authorities are in the United States of America are now investigating the so-called “mystery lung disease” cases that have been reported in other states.
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According to the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, over 190 potential cases in over 20 states in the US have been reported.
In Chicago, Illinois, alone, there have been nearly 22 reported cases of the “mystery lung disease”.
All patients that are diagnosed with the “mystery lung disease Chicago” are known for vaping.
Health authorities in the US are now warning people not to vape.
The director of the Illinois Department of Public Health, Ngozi Ezike, said, “The severity of illness people are experiencing is alarming and we must get the word out that using e-cigarettes and vaping can be dangerous.”
Researchers made a shocking discovery while investigating the “mystery lung disease”.
Researches said that many of the cases that have been reported include vaping THC, a compound that is found in Marijuana.
Dr. Ileana Arias of The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention’s head of non-infectious diseases, said, “In many cases, patients have acknowledged recent use of THC-containing product.”
Authorities are now trying to investigate the mystery disease that still doesn’t have any name.
Authorities have confirmed one thing, that all cases involve vaping.