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3 vaping-related diseases are now confirmed in WA

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Two new cases of severe lung disease associated with vaping have been confirmed in Spokane County in Washington.

One of the patients is in their 20s while the other is a teenager. Both of these patients told doctors they vaped prior to the illness but no specific product has been identified as the causing culprit.

These cases come shortly after the first reported vaping-related disease in the state, and in the midst of a nation-wide outbreak.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported over 380 cases of lung disease linked to vaping in 36 states — including 6 deaths, as of Sept. 12.

JUULS, e-cigarettes, vapes, e-hookahs and vape pens are all on the list of what is considered a vaping device. They can contain nicotine, pot, and other substances.

Patients are reporting symptoms like coughing, shortness of breath, nausea and fever. If you or someone you know is experiencing these symptoms after vaping, contact your doctor.

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