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Vaping Health Advisory

The New York State Health Department has issued a health advisory linking severe pulmonary disease to vaping.

Posted: Sep 4, 2019 6:02 PM

There are now 10 cases of Unexplained Vaping-Associated Pulmonary Illness from around New York State. Other States are reporting the same symptoms, and Illinois is reporting one possible death believed to be linked to the illness. The CDC is now working to find the cause of what’s making these people sick. New York State's Health Department also issued an advisory to try and find a link to the illness. Phyllis Ellis is the Director of Health for Oneida County. She explains why reporting the illness is so important. 

"When you’re looking at tracking why so many people have the same thing, you look at what are the key things that everyone has. If everyone has a respiratory disease, or if everyone went somewhere at the same time, like when you look at communicable disease. You go through the whole history. So these people, the only thing they had in common was vaping."

Many of the patients, but not all, have used products with THC, the compound found in marijuana. The key to finding a cure is diagnosing exactly what’s linking ALL the patients together. There have been no cases reported locally, but these are some of the symptoms patients are experiencing.

"Cough, shortness of breath, pleuritic pain which means pain in your lungs when you take a breath, fever, headaches, fatigue, anorexia, weight loss, a lot of different strange things that are….some could be related, and some not."

There are plenty of questions that remain unexplained, but symptoms can start days, even weeks before presentation, and all cases consistently reported regular use of various vaping products.

New York Coronavirus Cases

County data is updated nightly.

Cases: 1193453

Reported Deaths: 40435
CountyCasesDeaths
Queens1494607757
Kings1463837970
Suffolk1204162524
Nassau1081262508
Bronx1001685237
Westchester808691763
New York717083416
Erie494781333
Richmond427231359
Monroe42077730
Rockland30770805
Orange27472642
Onondaga26152511
Oneida15776326
Dutchess15489286
Albany15230245
Niagara11248229
Broome10457245
Saratoga844769
Schenectady8020114
Ulster7181179
Rensselaer6275100
Putnam606770
Chemung5359107
Chautauqua509146
Oswego455262
Ontario444576
Steuben4380130
Cayuga410363
Sullivan365448
Genesee345990
Wayne344850
Herkimer330345
St. Lawrence322855
Cattaraugus319959
Madison294274
Jefferson284119
Cortland253352
Livingston251034
Tompkins248422
Allegany225775
Columbia220366
Tioga210254
Montgomery198670
Wyoming193940
Clinton190013
Greene187347
Warren184635
Fulton184447
Orleans179865
Chenango161237
Otsego152221
Lewis134021
Washington133220
Seneca110444
Franklin10069
Delaware95116
Essex90016
Schoharie8185
Yates74516
Schuyler67410
Hamilton1431
Unassigned3595
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