A second Oregon resident received medical treatment for severe lung disease linked to vaping, state officials said Tuesday, marking the latest in a growing national health scare.
The individual did not die from their illness, according to the Oregon Health Authority, which provided no other details about the person or where they were treated.
The reported case comes a week after state health officials announced that a middle-age Oregonian died from a respiratory illness tied to vaping cannabis, one of six such fatal incidents documented around the country.
At least 450 people in 33 states have been sickened by a severe lung illness after vaping nicotine or cannabis-related products, according to figures compiled by the Centers for Disease Control.
Many cases have been linked to vaping oils that contain THC, the psychoactive component of marijuana that gives people a high.
Oregon health investigators believe the person in the state’s fatal case purchased cannabis oil from two marijuana retail shops. They are now trying to find leftover product to analyze, state officials said.
Still, experts don’t know what’s causing the illnesses, with theories ranging from bootleg products to low-quality e-cigarette cartridges to Vitamin E oils.
“Consumers are urged to avoid buying vaping products on the street, and to refrain from using THC oil or modifying/adding any substances to products purchased in stores,” the Federal Drug Administration said in a statement last week.
A sample of the product used by the Oregon victim could help both local and federal investigators better understand the outbreak.
The disease usually starts with a cough, difficulty breathing and chest pain, state public health expert Ann Thomas told The Oregonian/OregonLive last week. Some patients also report nausea, fatigue and diarrhea.