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First case of vape-related lung injury in PH recorded in Visayas — DOH

By: - Reporter / @CMarquezINQ
/ 04:19 PM November 15, 2019

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Health (DOH) reported on Friday the country’s first case of vape-associated lung injury (EVALI) from a 16-year-old girl in the Visayas.

In a statement, a private pulmonologist confirmed to the Health department that the patient, who was admitted to the hospital on Oct. 21, initially presented with “sudden-onset severe shortness of breath, required oxygen supplementation and Intensive Care Unit admission.”

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After further investigation, the physician said the girl was diagnosed with EVALI as per the guidelines of US Centers for Disease Control.

The DOH said the patient has been using e-cigarettes for six months while using ordinary cigarettes.

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In addition, the DOH said it will coordinate with pulmonologists for updates on the patient’s health condition.

Health Undersecretary Eric Domingo has reminded e-cigarette users to seek immediate medical assistance and ask doctors on how best to quit using vape products.

Domingo also urged minors and adolescents not to use e-cigarettes or vape.

“No e-cigarette product should be accessible to young children and adolescents, who are uniquely susceptible to the harms of e-cigarettes and nicotine. I urge non-users not to even try e-cigarettes at all,”  he said.

DOH also called on members of the medical community to ask patients on vaping and e-cigarette use, specifically to those with respiratory symptoms such as “shortness of breath, difficulty of breathing and chest pain.”

READ: DOH wants outright ban of e-cigarettes

Domingo previously said over 1 million Filipinos, mostly youth, are using e-cigarettes.

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