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Kitsap County resident latest case of severe lung disease associated with vaping

There have been 19 cases of severe lung disease related to vaping in Washington state since April 2019. There are more than 2,000 cases reported across the country.

Editor's note: The above video previously aired on KING 5 in 2019 when the vaping related illness outbreak was just announced. 

WASHINGTON -- A Kitsap County resident is the latest person diagnosed with severe lung disease related to vaping in Washington state.

The Kitsap Public Health District says the person reported using e-cigarette vaping products that contained nicotine.

There have been 19 cases of severe lung disease associated with vaping in Washington state since April 2019, and 58% of the patients are male, according to the Washington State Department of Health.

The latest numbers show seven cases in King County, four in Snohomish County, three in Spokane County, two in Kitsap County, one in Pierce County, one in Mason County, and one in Klickitat County. 

In five of the cases, the patients range in age from 10 to 19-years-old. The majority of cases are in people ages 20 to 39-years-old, according to data from the Department of Health. 

Some patients recorded by the Department of Health reported using THC only products, while others used Nicotine only products. Some patients recorded using both. 

It's still unclear what's causing patients using vaping products to come down with severe lung complications. However, earlier this month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it identified vitamin E acetate as a chemical of concern among people with e-cigarette or vaping use. 

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The CDC tested samples from 29 patients from 10 states exhibiting symptoms of lung injury and found vitamin E acetate in all of the samples. Vitamin E acetate might be used as a thickening agent in THC-containing e-cigarette or vaping products, according to the CDC. THC was found in 82% of the samples and nicotine was found in 62% of the samples.

However, scientists said although vitamin E acetate was found in all the samples, they're still not able to rule out the contribution of other chemicals of concern. 

As of November 2019, there are currently 2,290 people across the country who have reported lung injuries associated with vape product use, including 47 deaths, according to the latest numbers from the CDC. 

The Washington State Board of Health approved Governor Jay Inslee's emergency ban issued in September on vapor products and certain vape flavors, including flavored THC vapor products.

The order also asked the state's Liquor and Cannabis Board to ban any ingredients that are found to be the cause of reported lung illnesses related to vaping in the state and across the country.  

The ban is in effect through February 7, 2020.

The Washington State Department of Health recommends people to not smoke or vape until the cause of the lung illness is confirmed. Health officials said if you do continue to use e-cigarettes or vapor products, then monitor your symptoms and seek medical attention right away if you have any concerns. 

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