Utah’s vaping illness count hits 71, THC main cause

FILE – In this April 11, 2018, file photo, a high school student uses a vaping device near a school campus in Cambridge, Mass. U.S. health officials are scrambling to keep e-cigarettes away from teenagers amid an epidemic of underage use. But doctors face a new dilemma: there are few effective options for weening young people off nicotine vaping devices like Juul. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah health officials say vaping products containing marijuana’s high-inducing ingredient, THC, are the main culprit in an outbreak that has led to 71 reported cases in the state.

The new tally of cases announced in a news release Monday from the Utah Department of Health marks a significant increase from the 47 cases reported a week earlier. The agency says 10 more potential cases are being investigated.

The department estimates that 90% of the people who got sick reported vaping THC.

U.S. health officials said last week that at least 805 people have become sick from vaping and 13 people have died. Most patients say they vaped products containing THC.

Symptoms of the disease include coughing, shortness of breath, chest pain, fatigue, nausea and vomiting.

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