DPH urging clinicians to report unexplained vaping illness

The Georgia Department of Public Health has distributed an alert urging clinicians to report possible cases of unexplained vaping-associated pulmonary illness.

DPH reports that…

– As of September 11, 2019, 380 cases (including 6 deaths) of severe pulmonary disease requiring hospitalization and respiratory support among previously healthy children and adults have been reported across 36 states and one U.S. territory.

– Three confirmed cases have been reported in Georgia, while several others are currently under investigation by state and local health officials.

– A common exposure reported among these patients is that they have been vaping (i.e., use of e-cigarette or other related devices to aerosolize substances for inhalation) nicotine and/or tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)-containing products. At this time, no infectious cause has been identified.

– Clinicians who see or have recently seen cases similar to those described above should report them to Georgia Poison Center (GPC) at 1-800-282-5846.

DPH Alert