TOPEKA, KS (KCTV) -- Kansas health officials have confirmed the first death in the state associated with an outbreak of serious lung disease related to vaping or using e-cigarettes.
The recent death was a Kansas resident over the age of 50.
According to Kansas State epidemiologist Dr. Farah Ahmed, the patient had a history of underlying health issues and was hospitalized with symptoms that progressed rapidly.
The national investigation has not identified any specific vaping or e-cigarette products linked to all cases.
Kansas does not have detailed information on what types of products were used by the man.
“Our sympathies go out to the family of the person who died,” Governor Laura Kelly said. “Health officials are working hard to determine a cause and share information to prevent additional injuries. As that work continues, I urge Kansans to be careful. Don’t put yourself in harm’s way, and please follow the recommendations of public health officials.”
To date, Kansas has six reports associated with the outbreak.
Three patients have been classified as confirmed or probable cases and three cases are still under investigation.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, with the addition of the Kansas report, is reporting six deaths and more than 450 possible cases of severe lung injury in 33 states and one jurisdiction.