The California Health Alert Network (CAHAN) reports that, since June, seven cases of severe acute pulmonary disease requiring hospitalization and respiratory support among adults who have been vaping cannabis or cannabidiol oils have been reported to the Kings County Health Officer. Clinicians who encounter similar cases should report them to their local health department.
The Kings County patients were seen in primary care and initially diagnosed with pneumonia or bronchitis, but did not respond to antibiotics. So far, no infectious cause has been identified. Local health departments are asked to report cases to Dr. Amy Heinzerling at (510) 620-3711 or Amy.Heinzerling@cdph.ca.gov. Additional details are available in the CAHAN health alert.