An Ontario youth is believed to be the first patient in Canada with a respiratory illness linked to vaping.
The Middlesex-London Health Unit has explained that, while it will not disclose the gender, age, or hometown of the patient, they will give more details about the patient this afternoon and their link to the use of vaping products. The youth has been diagnosed with a “severe respiratory illness,” according to CBC.
Breaking news: Canada’s first vaping-related severe lung illness has been reported in the London area. This comes as health minister @celliottability orders hospitals to report possible cases to province’s chief medical officer. https://t.co/OToPcZPfZh
— Carly Weeks (@carlyweeks) September 18, 2019
The report comes on the same day that the Ontario health minister ordered public hospitals to report any cases of severe pulmonary disease linked to vaping. Additionally, Health Canada is directing health-care professionals to ask patients questions about their vaping use and whether they have any breathing problems.
In the United States, there have already been hundreds of respiratory illnesses linked to vaping and at least seven deaths.
Lead photo courtesy of Vaping360.