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Utah’s vaping illness rate 6 times higher than national average

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah health officials continue to see a steady stream of people suffering from vaping-related lung illnesses as the state’s rate of cases is more than six times the national rate.

Information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows Utah had 26 vaping-related illness cases per 1 million people as of mid-October, compared to four per 1 million people nationally.

Utah health officials are expected to provide an updated tally Monday afternoon of the number of people sickened. It was 98 as of last week.

The 33-year-old Jeffrey Manzanares is among them. He lost nearly 50 pounds was hospitalized for 17 last month after vaping THC and nicotine.

Health care officials and law enforcement in Utah are trying to pinpoint why the state has been hit so hard.