The Kentucky Department for Public Health is continuing to monitor and investigate a growing number of cases of severe pulmonary disease related to e-cigarette use or vaping, the department announced on Tuesday.
As of October 4th, a total of 25 cases are under investigation in Kentucky. These investigations are ongoing and have not identified a cause, but all reported cases involve a history of using e-cigarette products.
Patients are experiencing respiratory symptoms including cough, shortness of breath, and fatigue. In most cases, these symptoms worsen over a period of days or weeks before admission to the hospital. Some patients also have reported fever, nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, chest pain, and loss of appetite.
For help quitting smoking or using e-cigarettes, visit www.QuitNowKentucky.com or call 1-800-QUIT-NOW for free help. You can also text “QUITKY” to 797979 for help.