Colorado Health Officials Investigate Possible Vaping-Linked Fatality
Colorado's health department is investigating what could be the state's first death due to a vaping-linked lung illness.
State officials confirmed they are investigating the death of an 18-year-old male from the Denver area. His death has not yet been confirmed as vaping-related.
The state awaits the results of an autopsy and additional testing. It can take six to eight weeks to get those results.
The health department is currently investigating a number of other cases and hospitalizations. Since the beginning of the outbreak, Colorado has reported 11 cases of vaping-related lung illness with nine hospitalizations and no fatalities.
New national numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention document more than 1,600 cases of e-cigarette or vaping-associated lung illness. That includes 34 deaths.
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