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Reported illness among vapers reaches 150 possible cases

UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 22, 2019, 8:28 p.m.

In this Monday, July 29, 2019 photo, Dylan Nelson, of Burlington, Wis., and his sister, Andrea, sit for an interview. He was rushed to the hospital in June by his sister with severe breathing problems. Doctors believe he and about two dozen other young adults suffered serious lung injuries after vaping nicotine or THC, or both. (Rick Wood / AP)
In this Monday, July 29, 2019 photo, Dylan Nelson, of Burlington, Wis., and his sister, Andrea, sit for an interview. He was rushed to the hospital in June by his sister with severe breathing problems. Doctors believe he and about two dozen other young adults suffered serious lung injuries after vaping nicotine or THC, or both. (Rick Wood / AP)
Associated Press

NEW YORK – The number of breathing illnesses reported among people who vape is growing. Health officials are now looking into more than 150 possible cases in 16 states.

Officials on Wednesday said the Food and Drug Administration has joined the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and states investigating reports from the last two months.

All the illnesses were in teens or adults who had used an electronic cigarette or some other kind of vaping device. Doctors say the illnesses resemble an inhalation injury, with the lungs apparently reacting to a caustic substance. So far, infectious diseases have been ruled out.

No single vaping product or compound has been linked to all of the cases, and officials said it’s not clear if there’s a common cause.

No deaths have been reported.

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