ARIZONA NEWS

Arizona working to identify lung diseases cases related to vaping

Sep 6, 2019, 3:00 PM
(AP Photo/Richard Vogel)...
(AP Photo/Richard Vogel)
(AP Photo/Richard Vogel)

PHOENIX — The Arizona Department of Health Services is working to identify cases of severe lung disease linked to electronic cigarette use in the state.

Dr. Cara Christ, ADHS director, told KTAR News 92.3 FM on Friday that the state does not yet have any reported cases, but that could change.

“We are still looking to see if we have cases in the past that have met criteria, but then we’re also working with Poison Control to collect any real-time cases that may show up moving forward,” she said.

U.S. health officials on Friday said they have identified 450 possible cases, including at least three deaths, in 33 states. Most of the victims are teens.

Christ said she encourages any parents who have children who may be vaping to discuss the risks with them.

“What we would want parents to know is that if their child is vaping currently and they are experiencing symptoms like those reported in this outbreak, they should seek medical care immediately,” she said.

Those symptoms include shortness of breath, fatigue, chest pain and vomiting.

“We are actively responding to this outbreak, so we’re currently developing a toolkit for parents and schools about the risks of severe pulmonary diseases related to using vape,” Christ said.

Doctors and health officials are suggesting people stay away from all vaping products until the CDC investigation establishes exactly what’s at the root of the illnesses.

KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Griselda Zetino and The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

(Pexels Photo)...
KTAR.com

Phoenix temperature hits sub-50 for the first time since spring

Turn the heater on and get those fuzzy socks out-- Winter is approaching as some Valley residents saw some chilly temperatures Sunday morning.
18 hours ago
(Facebook File Photo/Phoenix Police Department)...
KTAR.com

Phoenix police investigating death of woman following single-vehicle car crash

Phoenix police are investigating the death of a 21-year-old woman following a single-vehicle car accident early Sunday, authorities said.
18 hours ago
Syringes with the vaccine Comirnaty of Pfizer against the coronavirus and the COVID-19 disease stan...
KTAR.com

Arizona reports 2,274 new COVID-19 cases, 5 deaths on Sunday

Arizona health officials on Sunday reported 2,274 new COVID-19 cases and five deaths.
18 hours ago
The 34th annual APS Electric Light Parade returns Saturday, Dec. 4 at 7 p.m. (APS Electric Light Pa...
KTAR.com

Electric Light Parade returns to central Phoenix on Saturday

The central Phoenix night will be lit up with holiday colors Saturday during the annual APS Electric Light Parade.
18 hours ago
(Over Easy Photo)...
KTAR.com

Tired of turkey? Here are some Valley spots for National French Toast Day

Tired of turkey? Besides being Thanksgiving, Thursday is also National French Toast Day. Here are some Valley spots that offer the breakfast delight.
18 hours ago
FILE - Migrants, many from Haiti, wade across the Rio Grande from Del Rio, Texas, to return to Ciud...
Associated Press

Anxiety grows that Biden administration can’t find balance on immigration

A year into Biden’s presidency, there is growing concern among some in the party that the administration can’t find balance on immigration.
2 days ago

Sponsored Articles

...
DISC DESERT INSTITUTE FOR SPINE CARE

What you need to know about spine health

With 540 million people suffering from lower back pain, it remains the leading cause of long-term disability. That’s why World Spine Day on Oct. 16 will raise awareness about spinal health with its theme, BACK2BACK. “BACK2BACK will focus on highlighting ways in which people can help their spines by staying mobile, avoiding physical inactivity, not overloading […]
...
Day & Night Air Conditioning, Heating and Plumbing

Why fall maintenance is important for your heating system and A/C

It’s easy to ignore your heater and air conditioner when they’re working but the moment something breaks, you will likely regret not keeping up with maintenance. After all, if something goes wrong, you may be stuck with a repair that will take longer and be more expensive than simple maintenance.
...
PNC Bank

How one organization supports early childhood literacy for the most vulnerable

Nearly two out of every three children in low-income communities don’t own a single children’s book, a fact that ultimately could have profound impacts even before entering kindergarten, according to Arizona nonprofit Southwest Human Development.
Arizona working to identify lung diseases cases related to vaping