Addiction experts warn this potential lack of understanding might leave young people saddled with the financial burden and health impacts of nicotine addiction. At least five people in Maryland have suffered "severe" lung illness linked to vaping, state health officials said this week. The Maryland Department of Health (MDH) announced Wednesday it and the Maryland Poison Center at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy have confirmed the five cases, though it noted none have been fatal. "These cases are part of the nearly 200 reported incidents of vaping-related illness in 22 states, resulting in at least one death," health officials said in the statement. Not unlike similar cases in other states, patients in Maryland experienced shortness of breath, pain associated with breathing, cough, fever, nausea, and vomiting before becoming ill.
Three people have died and five more were sickened after eating Thanksgiving dinner at an event organized by a church in the San Francisco Bay Area, health officials said Monday. Sutter Delta Medical Center in Antioch, Calif. said it received eight patients with probable symptoms of foodborne illness Friday and Saturday. Three of the patients died, four patients were treated and released and one remains hospitalized. It remains unclear exactly what caused the illness. Health officials are awaiting test results and interviewing those who are recovering.
At least three people in Virginia have suffered lung illness related to vaping, state health officials announced Monday. Officials with the Virginia Department of Health have confirmed the three cases and noted other potential cases are under investigation. All patients reported vaping "in the weeks to months" before they were sickened, officials said. "Symptoms of this illness have included gradual onset of cough, shortness of breath, or fatigue, that gets worse over a period of days or weeks until the patient has to be admitted to the hospital for treatment. Some patients have also reported vomiting, diarrhea, and fatigue," the Virginia Department of Health added.