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Vaping-Linked Lung Problems Surface in Florida

from By Christine Sexton

From Sept. 11: VAPI. It isn't the latest internet slang. It's an acronym for what health officials are calling "vaping associated pulmonary injury." It has potentially affected 450 people in 33 states, including Florida, and caused five deaths as of Friday, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

To date, the CDC investigation has not uncovered evidence that vaping-related illnesses are infectious. Symptoms include coughing, shortness of breath, chest pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue, fever, and weight loss. Patients have reported histories of e-cigarette use, which has led health officials to suspect the illnesses are being caused by a chemical exposure. On Friday, the CDC asked that consumers consider not using e-cigarette products during the investigation.

The CDC is encouraging clinicians to report possible cases of illness to county health departments or state health departments. more

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