Health officials confirm two vaping-related lung illness in Spokane County

Officials with the Washington State Department of Health have confirmed two new cases of severe pulmonary disease linked to vaping in Spokane County.

These cases were first identified by the Spokane Regional Health District, with both victims currently living in the county.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a list of symptoms for healthcare providers to look out for, and the symptoms observed in these two cases match them. According to the Department of Health, this is now a state-wide outbreak.

Spokane Regional Health District reports that the two patients are a teenager and a person in their twenties.

There are now three confirmed vaping-related lung disease cases in Washington. Officials clarify that no specific device, product or additive is common to the cases. All patients have a history of vaping prior to their illness.

State health officials urge healthcare providers to continue reporting hospitalized cases of severe lung disease associated with vaping to their local health department.

More information on outbreaks and lung disease reports can be found at the CDC website.

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