Public health officials have confirmed the first case of vaping-related lung illness in Wyoming.

The Wyoming Department of Health on Thursday reported that a young adult from Uinta County was hospitalized with severe lung disease.

"Many states have already reported vaping-associated lung illness, including six deaths," said Dr. Alexia Harrist, who is the Health Officer for the state.  "The Wyoming individual reported vaping in the months leading up to illness."

"We will continue to work with local and federal officials to investigate and identify the specific substances or vaping products that are linked to this outbreak," Harrist added. "It is important to follow current public health recommendations to avoid illness."

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended people not vape any substance while this investigation is ongoing.

"If people who vape experience symptoms associated with severe lung disease they should seek medical care right away," said Harrist.


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