August 2, 2019 at 1:38 PM CDT
Updated August 12 at 4:34 PM
ILLINOIS (Heartland News at 9) - The Illinois Department of Public Health has received reports of six young people experiencing severe breathing problems after vaping and is investigating five more individuals.
According to IDPH on Monday, August 12, these individuals experienced respiratory symptoms including cough, shortness of breath and fatigue. Some also experienced vomiting and diarrhea.
The Department said the symptoms worsened over a period of days or weeks before admission to the hospital.
According to IDPH earlier in the August, they were investigating other reports.
The name and types of vaping products, as well as where they were sold, are still being investigated. Without that information, they say they have been unable to conclusively determine which chemicals the individuals may have been exposed to.
They say the three who reported problems live in the northeastern part of the state. Others are in the St. Louis Metro East area.
On Friday, August 2, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services reported 11 confirmed and seven suspected cases of severe pulmonary disease among adolescents who reported vaping. The department said some of them had to be intubated.
They said the individuals experienced respiratory symptoms including cough, shortness of breath and fatigue. Symptoms worsened over a period of days or weeks before admission to the hospital.
“Vaping among teens has increased dramatically over the last several years. While the short- and long-term effects of vaping are still being researched, these recent hospitalizations heighten the need for parents talk with their teens about vaping and for both to understand the consequences and potential dangers of vaping.”
-IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike
According to the American Association of Poison Control Centers, as of July 31, 2019, poison control centers managed 2,439 exposure cases about e-cigarette devices and liquid nicotine in 2019.
Anyone who experienced any type of chest pain or difficulty breathing after vaping in the weeks or months prior to these symptoms should seed immediate medical attention. Health care providers caring for patients with unexpected serious respiratory illness should ask about a history of recent vaping.