Number of hospitalizations potentially tied to vaping increases in Illinois

vSPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WREX) — The Illinois Department of Health says the number of hospitalizations potentially tied to vaping has increased.

Health officials say they’ve received reports of six young people experiencing breathing problems after vaping. The department of health is also investigating five more individuals.

IDPH says these individuals experienced respiratory symptoms including coughing, shortness of breath and fatigue. Some of the individuals also experienced vomiting and diarrhea.

“IDPH is working with local health departments and hospitals to investigate reported cases of hospitalized individuals with unexplained respiratory illness and a history of vaping,” said IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike.  “The short- and long-term effects of vaping are still being researched, but these recent hospitalizations have shown that there is the potential for immediate health consequences.”

IDPH says they’re working with local health departments, other states, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Food and Drug Administration to investigate the names and types of vaping products, as well as where they were obtained.

The department says without this information, they have been unable to conclusively determine which chemicals the individuals may have been exposed to.

The cases live in the northeastern part of the state, as well as in the St. Louis Metro East area.

Andrew Carrigan

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