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Health officials: North Texas death linked to vaping

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Vaping-related lung injuries have been taking lives across the country, and now in North Texas.

The Texas Department of State Health Services confirmed Wednesday that an "older" North Texas woman died last week from the lung disease that has been associated with using electronic cigarettes.

Her case is the only one of 95 in Texas to turn fatal.

"Some kind of quickly worsening respiratory illness," said DSHS spokesman Chris Van Deusen. "The person also has a history of vaping within the last few months."

Health officials say patients range from as young as 13 to 75 years old; one-third of those affected are minors.

"It just reinforces what a serious situation this is. The types of lung diseases we have seen are very serious," Van Deusen said.  

While there is no strong pattern of specific brands or products, there is one common factor based on interviews with patients.

"About nine out of 10 of the people we talk to report vaping THC or marijuana," Van Deusen said.

The health department said some have reported vaping marijuana with other substances. THC is the strongest link at this point, but more leg work is needed to determine the actual cause of the outbreak.

The Grayson County Health Department said they have no reported cases at this time because they haven't been tracking. But documents and guidance have been put in place to start keeping tabs in the area.

The Oklahoma Health Department reported no new cases of vaping-related lung disease this week, but they are monitoring a total of four cases.

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