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Milwaukee health officials urge people to stop vaping

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee’s city health department is urging residents to immediately stop using vaping products after 16 people were hospitalized this month with a severe lung disease.

The department said in a statement Wednesday the individuals hospitalized in August all reported vaping in the weeks and months before they became ill with “severe chemical pneumonitis, or chemical pneumonia.” Officials say it’s an inflammation of the lungs due to inhalation of irritants.

The health department says officials are still trying to determine what products were used by the people who became ill. Ten counties, including Milwaukee, have reported hospitalizations.

Symptoms from the disease include shortness of breath, fatigue, chest pain, coughing, and weight loss.

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