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Utah cases of vaping-related illness rise to 47

By Ashley Imlay, KSL | Posted - Sep 24th, 2019 @ 7:19am



SALT LAKE CITY — The number of confirmed cases of the vaping-related illness has risen in Utah to nearly 50, health officials said.

As of Monday, 47 people — most of them young adults and teens — have suffered from the severe lung illness that causes shortness of breath, fatigue, chest pain and coughs, the Utah Department of Health said. That is five more cases than it reported last week.

Twenty-two other cases are being investigated as related to the use of vaping or e-cigarette devices.

As of last report, 530 cases have been confirmed nationwide. Of those, seven people have died, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

No deaths from the illness in Utah have been reported.

The CDC received sex and age data for 373 of the confirmed cases. According to that data, nearly three-fourths of those with confirmed cases are male. Two-thirds of those affected by the illness have been between ages 18 and 34, while 16% of cases have been under age 18.

The cause of the illness has not yet been determined, and investigators have not identified a single substance or device linked to all the cases, the CDC said.

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