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Austin Public Health launches webpage for vaping-related lung injury updates

As of Oct. 25, Austin Public Health was investigating 12 cases of vaping-related lung injuries in Austin or Travis County.

AUSTIN, Texas — The City of Austin's Public Health Department has launched a webpage to provide local updates on the national investigation of lung injuries associated with e-cigarette use.

According to the City, the webpage, AustinTexas.gov/ECigarettes, will be updated every Friday with new local case numbers.

As of Friday, Oct. 25, the Austin Public Health epidemiology and disease surveillance unit was investigating 12 cases of Austin or Travis County residents with vaping-related lung injuries.


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According to the City, health officials continue to recommend that the community refrains from e-cigarette use as the national investigation continues.

Symptoms of the vaping-related lung injury include coughing, shortness of breath, chest pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue, fever and abdominal pain.

Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the total number of vaping-related illnesses was 1,604 in this year's outbreak – including 34 deaths. The CDC said the outbreak is still happening, but the count of new cases has dropped for three straight weeks, possibly due to reporting delays.

According to the City, of the 1,604 nationwide cases, 149 have been in Texas and one of the 34 deaths was in Texas.

No single ingredient, electronic cigarette or vaping device has been linked to the illness.


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