Health providers in Nebraska and across the country will now be asking some very pointed questions if you show up in their offices with a respiratory illness.
A cluster of 30 severe pulmonary disease cases in Wisconsin was reported to the Centers for Disease Control, and in all cases vaping was reported, with a total of 153 e-cigarette related cases reported by 16 states.
Panhandle Public Health District Deputy Director of Preparedness Tabi Prochazka tells KNEB News the very pointed questions are seeking one goal. “They’re just trying to dive into really figuring out where the dangers are coming from, is it a certain kind or type, when we’re actually looking at the pulmonary disease it’s causing,” says Prochazka. “We know that even when they think they’re doing just a liquid or flavoring, it’s not just water vapor, they are definitely some very strong exposures to harmful chemicals.”
Prochazka says she would expect there will be some cases found in the state that do have vaping as a common activity among those facing breathing issues.
In many of the cases reported in Wisconsin, patients acknowledged prior use of THC-containing products, but no specific product has been tied to all cases or directly linked to the clinical syndrome.