New details from doctors treating vaping victims

Health officials are raising red flags about recent cases of teens and young adults being hospitalized with breathing problems, some including severe lung damage.
2:51 | 08/15/19

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The urgent investigation into the teens and speaking after close to two dozen reports of hospitalizations across this country. At this point we're now learning new details from the doctors treating these young people who have been facing an ABC's Paul Pierce is following this this is a really important story of her time. Yang is right good morning David good morning everyone doctors treating them say they're starting to put the pieces together these kids with aggressive lung injuries they have no underlying conditions. Viruses or diseases but they all have one commonality. An association with VC. Health officials this morning re see red flags about recent cases of teens and young adults. Lane dean in the hospital with breathing problems some even having severe lung damage. Something that is assumed by the public and certainly by teens to be relatively say if actually has been associated now we as. At least in this type of acute very aggressive of the injury to otherwise healthy long S Minnesota is the latest of several states to report patients. With severe lung damage with four cases. After six were reported in Illinois and up to twelve in Wisconsin. We recognize that it is not a result of infection. Like viruses or bacteria. It looks more similar to injury from an inhalation of some kind of a caustic substance. The body is actually reacting to something that's been exposed to or deposited along the lining of the long. Earlier this month this teen's post went viral after posting pictures of his own damaged months. I woke up in a lot of you couldn't we are irate. Chance amber at a was rushed to the hospital and underwent several tests gin says the doctors treating him. Said he had a lung condition made worse by EVP. It felt like I without a heart. And it has any really carry you can write an eighteen. Health officials warning there are still a lot of unknowns when it comes to the teens and veep thing I think. It is safe to say that we really do not understand the potential impact on their long lists of using the use devices where the substances that they may be putting in these devices. And that's the big concern right there they don't know the possible acute nor the long term effects of anything they're just not enough history there. And a reminder of the CDC says it is unsafe for kids teens and young adults because they're brains. Are still developing at the CDC found that one in five high schoolers or face seen using. One in twenty middle schoolers so bad the surgeon general. Call this a youth epidemic now dignity and they're doing it in the classrooms you in on it because you can't see to smoke and so they can blow it into their backpacks and no one knows. Something that kids eat now parents you know as well and doctor James going to be here. She couldn't be here to talk often not mourn and X our lord that.

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