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Officials Report First Vaping-Related Death in Minnesota

Updated: September 06, 2019 10:28 PM

On Friday, Minnesota health officials confirmed the first vaping-related death in the state. The person was over 65 years old and died in August after a long and complicated hospitalization.

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The state said that the patient had a history of underlying lung disease, and was hospitalized with a severe long injury which lead to other problems. After the patient died, investigators found that the lung injury was associated with vaping illicit THC products.

“One death from this outbreak is one death too many,” Minnesota Commissioner of Health Jan Malcolm said in a news release. “We are working with our partners around the state and the nation to find out everything we can as quickly as we can to prevent additional illnesses and deaths.”

To date, Minnesota has 17 patients who have been classified as confirmed or probable cases. An additional 15 potential cases are under investigation.

Patients have been hospitalized for days to weeks, including many in the intensive care unit. Of those cases who have been interviewed, all reported vaping illicit THC products. Many also reported vaping other products including those that contain nicotine
 

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