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First case of vaping-related lung illness reported in Clark County

A woman in her 40s was hospitalized for a “lung injury” after she reportedly vaped products containing nicotine and THC.

CLARK COUNTY, Wash. — The first case of severe lung illness associated with vaping has been reported in Clark County, public health officials said.

A woman in her 40s was hospitalized for a “lung injury” after she reportedly vaped products containing nicotine and THC. The products were purchased at local licensed retailers, Clark County Public Health said.

A local medical provider reported the illness to Clark County Public Health.

As of Dec. 10, the CDC reports 2,409 hospitalized cases of vaping-associated lung injury and 52 deaths. In Washington, 21 cases have been reported in nine counties, including Clark County.

“We still don’t know what is causing this outbreak, and there may be more than one cause,” said Dr. Alan Melnick, Clark County health officer and Public Health director. “People should not use any vapor products.”

In Oregon, two people have died from a vaping-related illness, according to the Oregon Health Authority.

The state issued a public health warning urging people to stop vaping immediately.

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