State health officials confirmed Thursday that at least one person has developed a severe lung illness that has been linked to vaping e-cigarettes.
They are also investigating another suspected case. They’d been on the lookout for cases since other states began reporting similar cases. There about 150 possible cases in 15 states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. No deaths have been reported.
Symptoms include trouble breathing, chest pain, cough, fatigue and fever.
Health officials are not yet sure what exactly is causing the disease. Cases in other states have not been linked to a single device.
“We are not yet sure,” said Tista Ghosh, Colorado’s chief medical officer, in an email. “The agents causing this illness could possibly be pesticide contamination, residual solvent contamination, additives with unknown inhalation effects, or heavy metals contamination being inhaled from vaping products.”
Ghosh said the devices are poorly regulated and “may contain or generate chemicals that are not safe to breathe.”
Health officials urged patients who vape and have recently experienced a lung disease or similar symptoms to check in with their doctor or local health department. They also said to be cautious in using or sharing vape devices.