First probable case of vaping-related illness confirmed in BC

First BC case of vape illness

The first probable case of a vaping-related illness has been confirmed in B.C.

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry says the number is expected to rise, as there are other investigations underway that may soon also meet the definition of probable or confirmed vaping-related illness.

"These are the first cases of vaping-related illness in B.C., but we fully expect there will be more as this is quickly emerging as a significant public health issue. Vaping is turning back the clock on decades of effective anti-smoking efforts and creating a new generation of young people addicted to nicotine."

The national case definition includes patients who report vaping up to 90 days prior to the appearance of symptoms, have pulmonary infiltrates on X-ray imaging and whose illnesses can not be attributed to other causes.

Physicians are now required to report incidences of patients who exhibit those symptoms.

Reports about vaping-related illness will be sent to the BC Centre for Disease Control and investigated by public health officials. Only probable or confirmed cases will be reported to the public. 

There have been more than 1,000 cases reported in the United States, including 26 deaths, and the first Canadian was diagnosed in Quebec last month.

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