A woman in Clark County is recovering from lung injury, but her hospitalization marks the county’s first documented case of severe lung disease related to vaping.
According to the Clark County Public Health department, the woman, who is in her 40s, had used vaping products with nicotine and THC, which she bought at local licensed shops.
At least 20 people in Oregon have been sickened by the same vaping-related illness, according to state health data. As of last week, two of those victims had died from the illness.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and state and local health departments are investigating a national outbreak of lung injuries related to vaping products.
“We still don’t know what is causing this outbreak, and there may be more than one cause,” said Clark County Public Health Director Alan Melnick. “People should not use any vapor products.”
As of Dec. 10, CDC reported more than 2,400 cases of vaping-related lung injury and 52 deaths. Across nine counties in Washington, including Clark County, 21 cases of vaping-related lung injury have been reported.
—Jayati Ramakrishnan; 503-221-4320; [email protected]; @JRamakrishnanOR