Doctors worry that vaping could cause pneumonia-like symptoms


THE TEMPERATURE ON WEDNESDAY OF 83 DEGREES.>IT IS HAPPENING HERE. THIS IS WHAT I AM TALKING ABOUT. EARLY THIS WEEK TOLD YOU ABOUT A NATIONAL HEALTH SCARE. YOUNG ADULTS RUSHED TO THE ER WITH BREATHING PROBLEMS BECAUSE OF VAPING. TODAY CHANNEL 11 NEWS REPORTER TALK TO LOCAL DOCTORS CONFIRMED IT IS HAPPENING HERE. SHE IS LIVE IN OAKLAND WITH MORE. Reporter: BOTTOM LINE IS THAT VAPING IS STILL FAIRLY NEW. DOCTORS HAVE A LOT MORE TO LEARN ABOUT IT. LOCAL CASES ARE BEING EXAMINED FOR THEIR SIMILARITIES TO SOME DISTURBING NATIONAL CASES. IN WHICH A BABY USERS ARE EXPERIENCING HIGH FEVERS AND NAUSEA. PATIENTS ARE COMING INTO HOSPITALS ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND NOW HERE IN PITTSBURGH. WITH WHAT APPEARS TO BE THE COMMON FLU OR PNEUMONIA. AND EXTREME LUNG DISEASE. THEY HAVE LOW OXYGEN LEVELS. DANGEROUSLY LOW. TO THE POINT WHERE WE HAVE HAD PATIENTS REQUIRE MECHANICAL VENTILATION OR RESPIRATORS. THEY DON’T HAVE A VIRUS FUNGAL OR BACTERIAL INFECTION. NOBODY COULD FIGURE OUT WHY. Reporter: WHAT THEY HAVE IN COMMON IS VAPING. PEOPLE INDICATE THEY HAVE BEEN VAPING FOR AT LEAST TWO WEEKS. PRIOR TO THE ONSET OF THE SYMPTOMS. Reporter: IN THE LAST TWO WEEKS UPMC DOCTORS HAVE TREATED FOR MAC PEOPLE BETWEEN THE AGES OF 16 AND 20. SEVERAL HAVE GOTTEN BETTER IMPROVED AND MADE FULL RECOVERIES. WE ARE STILL IN THE PROCESS OF TREATING SOME PATIENTS WHO HAVE NOT RECOVERED. Reporter: BECAUSE VAPING IS STILL NEW AND NOT STRICTLY REGULATED.>THERE IS A LOT OF POTENTIAL FOR CHEMICALS EITHER DRUGS OR OTHER CHEMICALS IN VAPING FLUID. PARTICULARLY SOMETHING CALLED PROPYLENE GLYCOL. THAT IS REALLY JUST HYPOTHETICAL. Reporter: IT IS HARD TO PINPOINT WHAT COULD CAUSE THE SYMPTOMS. THEY ARE HAPPENING WITH ENOUGH FREQUENCY THAT THEY SAY IT IS IMPORTANT TO KEEP AN EYE ON IT. Reporter: IF YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW HAS CONCERNS ABOUT VAPING CHEMICALS DIFFICULT THE PITTSBURGH POISON CENTER.

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