Two new cases of vaping illness in Mississippi

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JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV)- The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) reports two more cases of a vaping-related lung illness in Mississippi, bringing the state total to seven with one death.

Each case has been individuals between 18 and 34 years of age.

According to MSDH, there have been 1,479 cases of lung illness reported from 49 states, the District of Columbia, and one U.S. territory.

Thirty-three deaths have been reported from 24 states.

Symptoms of severe vaping-related lung illness include cough, shortness of breath, chest pain, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, fever, and fatigue. Symptoms develop anywhere from over a few days of use to weeks of using e-cigarettes.

Until an exact cause of the illness has been determined, the CDC recommends the following actions:

  • Refrain from using all e-cigarette or vaping products to ensure that you are not at risk.
  • If you are an adult who used e-cigarettes containing nicotine to quit cigarette smoking, do not return to smoking cigarettes.
  • If you have recently used an e-cigarette or vaping product and you have symptoms like those reported above, see your healthcare provider.

Additionally, Mississippians are urged to not buy products off the street containing THC or other cannabinoids. Do not modify or add substances to e-cigarette products that are not intended by the manufacturer.

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