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Cone Health in Greensboro reports first vaping death

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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Cone Health in Greensboro confirmed to FOX8 Thursday morning its first death due to vaping.

The patient was a Virginia resident, according to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.

No other information about the patient has been released.

Officials at hospitals in the Piedmont Triad have said they are seeing a spike in the number of patients admitted for pulmonary disease caused by vaping.

The NCDHHS reports that as of Thursday morning, 40 vaping cases have been reported in individuals in North Carolina ranging in age from 16 to 72 years.

NCDHHS says patients are experiencing "severe respiratory symptoms including cough and shortness of breath. Patients also reported experiencing fever, fatigue, chest pain, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea."

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released this advisory about vaping use.

Virginia Department of Health Deputy Commissioner for Population Health Laurie Forlano released the following statement Thursday:

"Virginia continues to investigate all reports of suspect cases of vaping-associated lung injury, including reports received about Virginia residents who become ill in other states. This particular report is still under investigation. We have nothing further to report at this time but will keep the public apprised as new information becomes available. Case counts and investigation details are updated weekly on the VDH website on Thursdays."

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