CNN – Minnesota health officials have identified four cases of severe lung damage that may be related to vaping, similar to what could be dozens of more cases in nearby Wisconsin and Illinois.  The Minnesota Department of Health said it was unclear whether these cases were related in any way. Although officials say they do not yet know the exact products used, nicotine and marijuana products have been reported.
"There are still many unanswered questions, but the health damage stemming from the current Minnesota youth vaping epidemic is continuing to increase," the department's medical director and state epidemiologist, Dr. Ruth, said in a statement Tuesday. Linfield. "We encourage providers and parents to take care of vaping as a cause of unexplained breathing problems and damage and lung disease."
The message said some were hospitalized for "several weeks, with some patients being admitted on intensive care unit. "They came in with symptoms including shortness of breath, fever, coughing, vomiting, diarrhea, headache, dizziness and chest pain.
Dr. Emily Chapman, chief medical officer at Children's Minnesota, who reported the four cases, said in a statement that such cases are difficult to diagnose because they can start to look like a common infection before leading to more serious complications.
Wisconsin and Illinois cases
In Wisconsin, health officials are still investigating larger reports of people with severe pulmonary disease who k say they have recently fallen or been "greased", which includes inhalation of marijuana products.
There are 1
"All patients reported that they were vaping before their hospitalization, but we do not know all the products they used in doing so. Andrea Palm, secretary of state at the Department of Health, said in a statement last week. "The products used can include a number of substances, including nicotine, THC, synthetic cannabinoids, or a combination of them."
Health experts have indicated various substances in e-liquids, which are worried that they may damage cells or contain "dangerous chemicals," but the full extent of the short- and long-term risks of e-cigarettes is not yet clear. A number of counterfeit and counterfeit products that may have other additives or ingredients are also on the market. It is unclear whether this plays a role in these cases.
And in Illinois, six young people are hospitalized for severe respiratory problems after a vampire, and 9 more have been investigated since Aug. 9, according to a statement released last week by the Illinois Department of Public Health.
The department stated that it was working with local health services, other states, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the US and the US Food and Drug Administration to investigate which vagina products were used and where they were obtained.
"Without this information, we have not been able to clearly determine which chemicals may be exposed to individuals," the department says.
"Otherwise normally healthy"
Thomas Haupt, a respiratory disease epidemiologist at the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, told CNN earlier this month that cases in his condition are young people who are "normally normal" they are healthy and they are in severe respiratory disease and in some cases they actually had to go to the intensive care unit and be ventilated. "
Initially, lung disease seemed to be caused by an infection," but every test has come back completely negative. " said Haupt.
Wisconsin cases were largely in the southeastern part of the state, Haupt said. That borders northeast Illinois, where the state's original patients are hospitalized.
Dr. Ngozi Ezike, director of the Illinois Department of Public Health, previously told CNN that her team has many unanswered questions, but has "talked to Wisconsin people" and collects data and conducts tests. A number of cases have occurred in people with "no known lung problems or previously diagnosed lung problems," says Ezike.