LCO Clinic Report: Severe Lung Disease among People who Reported Vaping
Submitted by Jessica Hartmann FNP-BC
LCO Health Clinic (715)638-5100
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services and local health departments are investigating a cluster of people with severe lung disease who all reported recent vaping.
As of September 5, 2019 there are 34 cases, with 12 cases that need further investigation. Most of the affected individuals have been adolescents and young adults, but some adults in older age groups have been affected too. Patients often have a range of initial symptoms, including shortness of breath, chest pain, cough, nausea, vomiting, and fever and weight loss. The majority of patients went on to develop severe respiratory illness requiring hospitalization, and in some cases, had to be on ventilators in order to breathe. Some cases have resulted in death.
The majority of cases reported using e-cigarettes or other vaping devices some have reported using devices to inhale THC-containing products, such as waxes and oils. THC is the active ingredient in marijuana. Vaping cartridges containing THC may contain chemicals or additives that are unknown, unregulated, and unsafe. A wide variety of brand names and flavorings were reported in addition to THC products. We urge the public to avoid any vaping and THC products. Parents, please be aware and assist youth with trying to stop and education about the products alert. If you would like further information go to www.dhs.wisconsin.gov. Please note the above information comes from www.dhs.wisconsin.gov. LCOCHC is here to assist with stopping use through your provider, pharmacy, or behavioral health. You choose, we are here to help!