Five Maryland residents have developed a respiratory illness related to vaping in the past two months.
None of the five cases have been fatal, according to a press release from the Maryland Department of Health. The health department, along with the Maryland Poison Center at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, identified the five cases.
There have been nearly 200 cases of the vaping-related respiratory illness, spanning 22 states, including the Maryland cases. Symptoms include shortness of breath, pain when breathing or coughing, fever, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea, according to the release.
All cases required hospitalization. It is unclear if any cases came from Frederick County. The Maryland Department of Health does not release locations of cases because of privacy concerns. A spokeswoman for Frederick Memorial Hospital could not respond to a request for comment Wednesday.
It is unclear what causes the respiratory illness. No vaping device, brand or substance has been linked to the illness. Those who are ill reported using a number of products, including marijuana and those containing nicotine or THC, according to the release.
The Frederick County Health Department sent information to local health providers about the situation and how to look for and report potential cases, said Dr. Barbara Brookmyer, the county’s health officer, in an email.
The tobacco prevention staff also addressed vaping in a back-to-school presentation with school health services, she said.