16 individuals in Milwaukee have been hospitalized as of August 28th with severe pneumonitis, or chemical pneumonia, which is inflammation of the lungs due to aspiration or inhalation of irritants.

Milwaukee Health Department, Facebook
Milwaukee Health Department, Facebook

Counties with confirmed cases of illness include Dodge, Door, Kenosha, Milwaukee, Portage, Racine, Walworth, Washington, Waukesha, and Winnebago.

“At this time, the specifics of the products are unknown. Residents are again strongly encouraged to not utilize any THC products containing e-liquid,” the Health Department said in a news release.

“We continue to learn more about the health effects associated with e-cigarettes. As the public health authority for the city, the MHD is committed to protecting the public from the dangers of secondhand exposure,” Commissioner of Health Dr. Jeanette Kowalik said.

The Milwaukee Health Department recommends if you or anyone you know are experiencing the following symptoms and have used vaping products, please contact your primary care physician immediately:

Shortness of breath
Pleuritic chest pain

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