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Death linked to vaping could be first in Oregon

Officials believe this could be the first death related to e-cigarettes in Oregon.

Posted: Sep 3, 2019 6:26 PM

PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) annnounced Monday they are investigating a severe lung-illness death possibly linked to vaping.

Officials believe this could be the first death related to e-cigarettes in Oregon. They said the symptoms are consistent with 200 similar cases around the country.

The person, who died in July, reportedly used an e-cigarette containing cannabis purchased at a dispensary. OHA did not say where in the state the death occured due to privacy reasons but they do want the public to know the symptoms. 

The Center for Disesase Control (CDC) says those who have gotten sick have similar synmptoms of shortness of breath, cough, chest pain, vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue, fever or weight loss. The CDC does emphasize they haven't determined a cause but one thing all the cases have in common is the patient vaped, or used an e-cigarette. 

If you or someone you know is having breathing problems from vaping, OHA says to contact a doctor immediately.

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