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Maine CDC Reports State's First Case Of Vaping-Related Illness

The Maine Center for Disease Control is reporting the state's first case of an acute lung illness related to vaping.

The case involves an adult who experienced symptoms similar to those reported in other states, which include shortness of breath, chest pain, nausea, diarrhea, fatigue, and fever.

More than 500 cases of lung illness related to e-cigarette have been reported in the US, including six deaths.

State CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah is urging Mainers to avoid using e-cigarettes.

"Lungs are made for oxygen, and anytime you're introducing anything into your lungs that's not oxygen, you're running the risk of something happening,” says Shah. “In this case, a very severe and significant lung disease."