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Indiana officials confirm 6 cases of lung disease linked to vaping

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) —  The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) is investigating an unknown lung disease after the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed more than 30 cases in five states.

Some of those cases are in Indiana.

In an email to News 8, the ISDH said they are investigating 13 cases of severe respiratory illness among people who all reported a history of vaping. 

Of those 13 cases, six have been confirmed and the other seven are still under investigation.

According to the CDC, the illness is linked to vaping by young adults.

The ISDH said patients in Indiana range in age between 16 and 65, but that the majority of confirmed cases are adults.

Some symptoms of this mystery illness are shortness of breath, cough, weight loss, diarrhea, nausea, chest pain, fever and abdominal pain.

Health care providers have been alerted to these symptoms as the CDC says this illness could carry dangerous lung injury.

The first case was reported in late June.

Illinois, California, Minnesota and Wisconsin all have confirmed cases, with Wisconsin being the largest cluster at 15.

ISDH said there have been no deaths.

The CDC says there is no evidence this illness is an infectious disease, which means it can be spread person-to-person.

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – A good 20° swing Wednesday morning with temperatures in the lower to mid 20s this morning with feel-like temperatures in the teens. it will be a clear start then brighter heading through the rest of the morning and the afternoon! Sunshine won’t help us out too much in terms of temperatures today. Daytime highs should warm to the upper 30s. Wednesday night will be a cold one with lows in the lower 20s with a partly cloudy sky.

Thursday will be another cold one with highs struggling to reach 30°. It’ll still be a bright one with a mostly to partly sunny sky. A slow warming trend will start Friday with highs warming to the upper 30s with a mixture of sun and clouds.

This weekend will be split with a chance of showers arriving late in the day Sunday. Highs will continue to warm to the mid-40s Saturday with a partly sunny sky. Clouds return Sunday with showers later in the evening and overnight. Rain will continue through Monday. Tuesday looks to be a dry day for now then showers should return by midweek with highs in the mid 40s.

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