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MN Health Officials Confirm State's 1st Vaping Related Death

MN Health Officials Confirm State's 1st Vaping Related Death

September 06, 2019 06:05 PM

(ABC 6 News) - Health officials confirmed Friday the first vaping related death in Minnesota.

In a press release the Minnesota Department of Health said the person who died was over 65 years old and died in August after a long and complicated hospitalization.

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The Minnesota State Epidemiologist, Dr. Ruth Lynfield, said the patient had a history of underlying lung disease and was hospitalized with a severe lung injury that had progressed to include other conditions.

According to the Minnesota Department of Health, investigators found the lung injury was associated with vaping illicit THC products.

“One death from this outbreak is one death too many,” Minnesota Commissioner of Health Jan Malcolm said. “We are working with our partners around the state and the nation to find out everything we can as quickly as we can to prevent additional illnesses and deaths.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are over 450 potential or confirmed cases of severe lung injury reports across 33 states and one jurisdiction and in many of those cases involved using cannabinoid products.

The Minnesota Department of Health said lung injury symptoms in most cases include shortness of breath, fever, cough, vomiting and diarrhea and in some cases headache, dizziness and chest pain and that if you're experiencing any of these symptoms to avoid using e-cigarettes and other vaping products and seek medical care.

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