CHARLESTON, W.Va.¬†—¬†State health officials are advising medical professionals and facilities in West Virginia of patients who have a severe pulmonary illness to be aware of the possible consequences of vaping.

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Dr. Cathy Slemp

State Health Officer Dr. Cathy Slemp said this comes after many states have reported cases of severe pulmonary illness involving young people who have vaped nicotine and THC-containing products.

“We are seeing across several states some severe pulmonary illness among adolescents and young adults,” said Slemp.

The West Virginia Bureau for Public Health is looking into the cases of the sickness.

“We sent the alert out to health departments and healthcare partners,” Slemp said.

Slemp said individuals who have a history of vaping and severe pulmonary symptoms should be immediately reported to local health departments, and doctors should have a consultation with a pulmonologist.

“If they identify any suspect cases we can make sure to investigate those rapidly. So we are putting the word out to our providers so they can be on the lookout for it,” said Slemp.