LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health continues to warn residents about the use of vaping and e-cigarette devices as potentially harmful to proper lung function and urges residents to STOP VAPING NOW.
Nationally, there continue to be reports of people showing up in emergency departments with similar symptoms such as coughing, difficulty breathing, fever, and may have vomiting and diarrhea.
Locally and nationally, the cause for this threat remains unknown.
Los Angeles County cases:
* As of October 17, 2019, there are two new reported cases bringing the total to 27 cases of serious vaping-associated pulmonary injury and one death associated with e-cigarettes in Los Angeles County.
* Approximately two out of three cases reported in the county are in individuals age 25 and younger. Both male and female cases have been reported.
* All but one case reported using both e-cigarette and cannabis-type products, not necessarily at the same time. One reported using flavored liquids only (but no nicotine, THC or CBD).
Various devices and products were reported in the county and remain under investigation. No specific vendor, product or substance has been positively identified as the cause of the vaping-related pulmonary injuries.
However, on Sunday, the Los Angeles Times reported that investigators are zeroing in on a California-based company suspected to have produced the Yolo! brand of cannabis oil vape cartridges that have tested positive for dangerous chemicals.
Public Health officials still urge county residents to stop vaping and continue to urge healthcare providers to be on the alert for signs of severe respiratory illness among patients who recently used vaping products including e-cigarettes and report cases by phone to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health at 626-299-3504.
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