The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention recently reported its first case of acute lung disease linked to e-cigarette or vaping.
The illness traceable to vaping has been linked to over 500 cases of lung-related conditions all over the country so far based on a report by the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
One such case was of an undisclosed individual who showed signs similar to the ones seen in other states such as shortness of breath, cough, nausea, shortage of breath, diarrhea, nausea, fever, vomiting and abdominal pain.
According to Nirah D. Shah the CDC director of Maine “This case clearly highlights the uncertainty and risks about the long and short-term effects of vaping” He went on to point out that people that do not engage in vaping should not think of doing it, while people who are already into it should consider the health implication associated with using vaping.
As it stands, Maine is the 39th state reporting illnesses traceable to vaping.
The center for disease control also went on to compare the symptoms showed by patients to the ones experienced by the patients suffering from the same in other states.
The spokesman for the CDC in Maine, Robert Long said that officials are on the lookout for other cases.
After some cases were reported in certain states, efforts were made to reach out to other health workers to taking a look at patients who have shown similar signs to determine if someone who visited a healthcare provider earlier in the year with the same symptoms would fall into this class.
During the past year, Maine schools have indicated that there is an increase in the number of student numbers using e-cigarettes. E-Cigarettes are now the most commonly used product of tobacco used by high school and middle school students.
So far seven deaths attributed to this sickness have been reported.
The main cause of this condition is still being investigated by the authorities all over the Nation. So far, no known Vaping product is linked to any of the cases. In some other states, most of the patients gave a report of a history of using vaping products that contained THC which is an active component of cannabis.
Some other patients also reported using both nicotine and THC, while another group stated that they used e-cigarettes that only contained nicotine.
The Maine Center for Disease Control advises that whosoever has made use of e-cigarettes and sees signs of lung-related conditions should consider visiting a health care professional.