Health Min­istry mon­i­tor­ing vape re­lated ill­ness

The Borneo Post - - Front Page -

PUTRAJAYA: The Health Min­istry is aware of the va­p­in­gre­lated ill­ness re­ported abroad and will con­tinue to mon­i­tor the sit­u­a­tion in the coun­try, said Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Dzulke­fly Ah­mad.

He said the min­istry would take the nec­es­sary steps to make sure any such cases oc­cur­ring lo­cally would be re­ported and treated ac­cord­ingly.

“The Health Min­istry is mon­i­tor­ing all the vape re­lated ill­ness abroad and lo­cally,” he said when asked to com­ment on a for­eign me­dia agency re­port quot­ing the Cen­tre for Disease Con­trol and Pre­ven­tion that the num­ber of deaths from a mys­te­ri­ous lung ill­ness linked to the use of e-cigare es has risen to 39 in the United States (US).

The re­port also said the US health agency, which has been collecting in­for­ma­tion on the out­break of the lung ill­ness from 49 of the coun­try’s 50 states, said there are now 2,051 such cases across the US, nearly 200 more than a week ago.

Mean­while, lo­cally a teenager has been warded at the Labuan Nu­cleus Hos­pi­tal for se­vere in­ter­nal lung dam­age sus­pected to have been caused by va­p­ing, making it the first such case re­ported in the coun­try.

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