The Tennessee Department of Health is asking health care providers across the state to report any cases of suspected serious respiratory illness they treat among patients who use electronic cigarettes or other vaping devices.
Patients have had symptoms including cough, shortness of breath and fatigue, with symptoms growing worse over a period of days or weeks before admission to the hospital. Other symptoms may include fever, chest pain, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. If you are experiencing these symptoms, see a health care provider.
TDH will investigate any cases reported to look for common factors and collect information on specific components or brands of vaping products that may be the source of the illness.
Cases reported in Tennessee (as of September 19, 2019): 26*
*Evidence of respiratory illness, with no other cause identified, and report vaping in the last 90 days
How can health care providers report potential cases?
- Contact your regional or metropolitan health department, or email TDH at email@example.com to report suspect cases as soon as possible. Please provide
- Patient’s home county
- Brief clinical description
- Reporting provider’s name, email address, telephone number