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Health Alert: Vaping

Updated: Dec 16, 2021

According to the IDPH (Illinois Department of Public Health)

Health Alert sent out this week:

As of August 19, 2019, 10 Illinois residents are being treated for symptoms related to the use of vapes and several are under investigation. Most cases are in Chicago and the surrounding counties. Patients range in age from 15 to 27 years, and 77% are male.

Symptoms of a "vape"-related illness may include:

  • cough

  • shortness of breath

  • fever

  • chest pain

  • coughing up blood

  • headache

  • nausea

  • abdominal pain

  • diarrhea

Symptoms may worsen over a period of days or weeks. The majority of patients have required hospitalization. Several patients had required intubation.

Patients have all reported vaping in the weeks to months prior to illness. At this time, no particular product nor device has been determined to be the cause.

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