Mississippi reports first case of vaping-related lung illness

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JACKSON, MS – (WIAT & WJTV) The first case of vaping-related lung illness has been reported in Mississippi, according to health officials.

There have been 380 cases of lung illness reported nationwide from 36 states and one U.S. territory. Seven deaths have been reported from seven states.

Most of the cases have reported vaping cannabis products, such as THC, or nicotine products, although no single e-cigarette product or device has been consistently identified in all cases, according to officials with the Mississippi State Department of Health.

Symptoms of severe pulmonary disease include cough, shortness of breath, chest pain, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, fever, and fatigue.

Symptoms develop anywhere from over a few days of use to weeks of using e-cigarettes, health officials said.

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