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Worcester County Woman, 21, Hospitalized For Vaping-related Illness

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SALISBURY, Md.- Vaping-related illnesses continue to be a concern for health officials nationwide.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as of Oct. 29, 1,888 cases of e-cigarette, or vaping, product use associated lung injury (EVALI) have been reported from 49 states (all except Alaska), the District of Columbia, and one U.S. territory.

Thirty-seven deaths have been confirmed in 24 states (as of Oct. 29).

According to the CDC, the latest national and state findings suggest products containing THC, particularly those obtained off the street or from other informal sources (e.g. friends, family members, illicit dealers), are linked to most of the cases and play a major role in the outbreak.

Locally, family members of a 21-year-old Worcester County, Md. woman say their daughter was admitted to Peninsula Regional Medical Center last Tuesday for this same reason.

Family members exclusively tell WBOC that the young woman bought and used black market vaping products containing THC and it sent her to the hospital.

She was placed on and off ventilators throughout the week and doctors believe she has chemical pneumonia. 

Wicomico County Health Department officials, along with other state agencies and the CDC, are investigating more into what is causing the lung-related illnesses.

They are urging that people refrain from using e-cigarettes and vapes until more information is known.

PRMC has confirmed the 21-year-old is still a patient. Her family says she is recovering and is now off ventilators. 

 

 

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