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Vaping-related illness confirmed in London, Ont.

Last Updated Sep 18, 2019 at 10:13 am PDT

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Summary

A youth has been diagnosed with a severe respiratory illness related to vaping, health authorities in London, Ont. say

Health Canada issued a warning recently urging people who vape to watch for symptoms

Health officials in the U.S. have identified 380 confirmed, probable cases severe breathing illnesses linked to vaping

LONDON, Ont. – Health authorities in London, Ont., say a youth has been diagnosed with a severe respiratory illness related to vaping.

The case was reported on Wednesday by the Middlesex-London Health Unit, which is expected to release more information at a news conference at 2 p.m. ET.

Health Canada issued a warning recently urging people who vape to watch for symptoms such as a cough, shortness of breath and chest pain.

It also said that health-care professionals should ask patients about their use of e-cigarette products if they have respiratory symptoms.

Just last week, British Columbia’s top doctor said it was only a matter of time before Canada started to see people experiencing the severe effects of vaping.

Health officials in the United States are investigating a mysterious surge of severe breathing illnesses linked to vaping.

They have identified 380 confirmed and probable cases in 36 states and one territory, including six deaths.