Utah health officials probing 21 lung disease cases linked to vaping

Utah health officials probing 21 lung disease cases linked to vaping
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Utah officials said they were reviewing 21 cases of severe vaping-related illnesses Monday, less than one week after the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) identified a cluster of lung disease cases potentially linked to people using e-cigarettes across the country.

The updated number from the Utah Department of Health more than doubles the 10 cases that were reported as of last week, the Salt Lake Tribune reported. Officials are also investigating another five unconfirmed cases, health department spokeswoman Rebecca Ward confirmed to the paper. 

Last week, the CDC announced that it is investigating more than 193 potential cases of respiratory illness related in 22 states that might be related to vaping or using e-cigarettes.  

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An Illinois resident who developed the illness after vaping died last week.

The CDC has not publicly identified a cause yet, but many of the reported cases have involved products that contain THC, the key element in marijuana that causes users to get high. 

Before experiencing symptoms of respiratory distress, some patients have reported shortness of breath and chest pains, as well as gastrointestinal problems like nausea and diarrhea, according to the CDC.

Utah doctors warned that they have seen multiple cases of lipoid pneumonia in patients who vape, which results in fat deposits, potentially from the oil in vaping liquids, being found in the lung’s air sacs, the Salt Lake Tribune reported.