Baltimore, Md. (DELMARVA NEWS NOW) — The Maryland Department of Health is investigating five cases of severe lung illness related to the use of electronic cigarettes.
Officials say the symptoms are similar to over 200 reported cases of vaping related illnesses in over 20 states, that have resulted in at least one death. Patients often experience shortness of breath, painful breathing and coughing, fever, nassau, vomiting and diarrhea.
There is no single product linked to the illness although officials are investigating products that contain marijuana and THC, and those sold on the street. Health Department officials say many vaping products have been found to contain substances that can be toxic when inhaled and are not listed on the product packaging.
“The Maryland Department of Health is taking the issue seriously and is working with local health departments, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration to identify anyone who may be experiencing similar symptoms.” said MDH Deputy Secretary for Public Health Frances B. Phillips.