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Lung Injury Associated with Vaping – Dec. 3, 2019

DSHS has identified 210 Texas cases of severe lung disease in people who report vaping before developing symptoms, including one death. Patients range in age from 13 to 75 years old, with a median age of 22 years. About one-quarter of the people affected in Texas are minors. Three-quarters are male, and nine in ten report vaping THC or marijuana, possibly in conjunction with other substances. Almost all were hospitalized with many requiring intensive care.

Respiratory symptoms include difficulty breathing, shortness of breath and coughing. Some people have also experienced nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Clinicians should ask patients with these symptoms about a history of vaping, gather as much information as possible about suspected cases, and report them to DSHS.

Nationally, 2,290 cases have been reported in 49 states, and DSHS is working with the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, the Food and Drug Administration and other states to gather evidence about what the cases have in common and determine a cause.

Until we know more about the cause, people should consider not using e-cigarettes. If you do vape and experience symptoms like those reported, seek medical care promptly.

Regardless of the ongoing situation:

  • Youth and young adults should not vape.
  • Women who are pregnant should not vape.
  • Adults who do not currently use tobacco products should not start vaping.

Case counts will be updated each Tuesday.

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Updated Health Alert
Latest Information from CDC

Lung Injury Associated
with Vaping, Texas

Cases of Lung Injury Associated with Vaping, Texas
Public Health Region Number of Cases
1 (Panhandle) 3
2/3 (North Texas) 109
4/5N (East Texas) 5
6/5S (Southeast Texas) 40
7 (Central Texas) 25
8 (South Texas) 12
9/10 (West Texas) 3
11 (Rio Grande Valley) 13
Not yet determined 0
Total 210
Figure 1: Cases of Lung Injury Associated with Vaping, Texas, as of 12/3/19

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West Nile Virus – Dec. 3, 2019

DSHS has confirmed 29 cases of West Nile illness in Texas this year, including two deaths.

People can be infected by West Nile virus through the bite of an infected mosquito. DSHS encourages everyone to protect themselves from bites by wearing long sleeves and pants, applying insect repellent and removing standing water.

Last year, Texas reported 146 cases of West Nile illness that resulted in 11 deaths.

Case counts will be updated each Tuesday through mosquito season.

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Additional Surveillance Information

West Nile Virus Cases, 2019

West Nile virus cases, 2019
County West Nile
Fever
West Nile
Neuroinvasive
Disease
Total
Brazoria 1 1
Dallas 1 1
El Paso 3 13 16
Floyd 1 1
Hale 1 1
Harris 2 2
Lamb 1 1
Lubbock 1 1
Lynn 1 1
Nolan 1 1
Potter 1 1
Tarrant 1 1
Tom Green   1 1
Total 7 22 29
Figure 2: West Nile Virus Cases, 2019

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Last updated December 3, 2019