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CDC investigates link between vaping, mysterious illness; cases reported in 15 states

The Centers for Disease Control is investigating more than 100 cases of a mysterious lung disease linked to the use of e-cigarettes.

The CDC is working with departments of health in Wisconsin, Illinois, California, Indiana and Minnesota co learn more about clusters of illnesses – primarily among adolescents and young adults – tied to vaping. Of the cases, 30 have occurred in Wisconsin.

At least 125 cases of the disease have been reported in 15 states. Alabama was not listed among the states with reported cases.

All the cases are similar and “appear to be linked to e-cigarettes product use,” the CDC said. There is no conclusive evidence an infectious disease is causing the illnesses. Symptoms include coughing, shortness of breath and fatigue with some people developing serious breathing difficulties that required ventilation. Other people reported chest pains, fever, weight loss, nausea and diarrhea.

In a notice to healthcare systems, the CDC advises clinicians to ask patients with respiratory or pulmonary illnesses if they’d used e-cigarettes or other types of vaping products.

The illnesses come amid growing concerns about the use of e-cigarettes, particularly among teenagers. Nicotine found in most vaping products can harm development the adolescent brain, the CDC said, impacting areas that control attention, learning, mood and impulse control. Using nicotine in adolescence may also increase the risk for future drug addiction, the CDC said.