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CDC says more than 100 people are suffering from this severe lung disease after vaping

The CDC says it is investigating the illness, which has spread across 16 states, including Utah

FILE - In this April 16, 2019 file photo, a woman exhales while vaping from a Juul pen e-cigarette in Vancouver, Wash. Schools have been wrestling with how to balance discipline with treatment in their response to the soaring numbers of vaping students.
In this April 16, 2019 file photo, a woman exhales while vaping from a Juul pen e-cigarette in Vancouver, Wash. Schools have been wrestling with how to balance discipline with treatment in their response to the soaring numbers of vaping students.
Craig Mitchelldyer, Associated Press

SALT LAKE CITY — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said this week that there have been 153 cases of a mysterious lung disease with ties to e-cigarettes and vaping.

The CDC says it is investigating the illness, which has spread across 16 states over the summer, primarily from June 28 to Aug. 20.

The states include California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Michigan, North Carolina, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah and Wisconsin, according to CNN.

The disease begins with chest pain, breathing difficulty and shorter breaths. Cases can lead to vomiting, diarrhea and fatigue. There were many cases where the people said they had recently used products with tetrahydrocannabinol, which is commonly found in marijuana.

The CDC hasn’t identified a cause yet. However, all reported cases have come from e-cigarette and vape users.

The number of cases jumped from 94 to 153 in five days alone, according to Ars Technica. That’s a 60% jump.

Per The Verge, the CDC is still looking to narrow down the cause of the illness. The CDC wants doctors to reveal any reported cases they receive and document all of the symptoms so they can craft a better understanding of what’s going on.

“While some cases in each of the states are similar and appear to be linked to e-cigarette product use, more information is needed to determine what is causing the illnesses,” the CDC said.