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CDC/Georgia Department of Public Health Investigating after Vaping Deaths

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The Georgia Department of Public Health has identified the state’s first death from Vaping.

According to a news release from the agency, the patient had a history of heavy nicotine vaping, but no reported vaping of THC.

The department has identified nine cases, including the death, of vaping-associated illnesses in Georgia and other possible cases are being reviewed.

All patients were hospitalized and developed pneumonia with no known infectious cause. Cases range in age from 18 to 68 years (median age 26 years), 78% are male.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is working with states to investigate more than 500cases of vaping-associated illness.

Symptoms of vaping-associated illness, which worsen over time, include cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, chest pain, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.

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