Public Health in LA County warn vaping deaths at 36
Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, state and local health departments, and other clinical and public health partners are investigating a national outbreak of e-cigarette, or vaping, product use-associated
Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, state and local health departments, and other clinical and public health partners are investigating a national outbreak of e-cigarette, or vaping, product use-associated lung injury. Image courtesy CDC
‘Stop Vaping Now,’ LA County Department of Public Health warns residents
LOS ANGELES (MNS) – The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) continues to warn residents about the use of vaping and e-cigarette devices as potentially harmful to proper lung function and urges residents to STOP VAPING NOW.
Nationally, there continue to be reports of people showing up in emergency departments with similar symptoms such as coughing, difficulty breathing, fever, and may have vomiting and diarrhea. And while the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention identified Vitamin E acetate as a potential chemical of concern, the cause for this threat remains unknown.
Los Angeles County Cases
As of Jan. 2, 2020, there is one new reported case, bringing the total to 36 cases of serious vaping- associated pulmonary injury, and one death associated with e-cigarettes in LA County.
Approximately two out of three cases reported are in individuals age 25 and younger. Both male and female cases have been reported.
All but one case reported using both e-cigarette and cannabis-type products, not necessarily at the same time. One reported using flavored liquids only (no nicotine, THC, or CBD). Various devices and products were reported and remain underinvestigation.
No specific vendor, product or substance has been identified as the cause.
Public Health continues to urge healthcare providers to be on the alert for signs of severe respiratory illness among patients who recently used vaping products including e-cigs and report cases by phone to the Public Health Dept. at (626) 299-3504.
For more information about the dangers of vaping and for weekly case updates, visit: http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/sapc/public/vaping-faq.ht
Metropolis News Service.