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Oklahoma's first case of vaping-associated lung injury found in Tulsa County teen, health department reports

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In this Friday, Jan. 18, 2019 file photo, a man exhales a puff of smoke from a vape device. Oklahoma has confirmed its first case of vaping related lung illness, state health officials say. [AP Photo/Steve Helber]
In this Friday, Jan. 18, 2019 file photo, a man exhales a puff of smoke from a vape device. Oklahoma has confirmed its first case of vaping related lung illness, state health officials say. [AP Photo/Steve Helber]

The state's first confirmed case of vaping-associated lung injury was found in a Tulsa County teen, the Oklahoma State Department of Health announced Thursday.

The injuries of the patient, a Tulsa County resident younger than 18, are associated with a national occurrence of serious lung injuries related to e-cigarette and vaping product use.

State health officials launched an investigation in September, requesting health care providers in the state report any cases of severe pulmonary disease of unknown origin and a history of recent e-cigarette use, according to the news release. Since, Health Department officials have reviewed medical records, gathered data and conducted patient interviews, and the agency continues to do so.

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