Kern County recorded its second hospitalization for vaping-related illness on Sept. 25 and local officials issued a call for all county residents to heed state and federal warnings and stop vaping immediately.
"These products aren’t just homemade or made underground," said Brynn Carrigan, assistant director of public health for Kern County. "Even the legitimate products you buy at the store ... are leading to these pulmonary injuries."
The illness has been linked to both marijuana and tobacco vaping products, Carrigan said.
The first vaping-related hospitalization in Kern was reported Sept. 24.
California has seen 90 cases of illness and two deaths — one in Tulare County — since June, according to a media release from the California Department of Public Health. Across the U.S. there have been 530 reports of lung damage, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Health officials don't yet know the exact cause of the illness.
In response to the growing problem, Garces Memorial High School announced Sept. 25 that a Bakersfield Police officer will educate students on the dangers of vaping during a special presentation at the school on Oct. 7.
Carrigan urged anyone who has vaped in the past 90 days and experienced symptoms of vaping illness to seek medical attention so they can be monitored closely.
The symptoms include chest pain, shortness of breath, diarrhea, nausea, headache, seizures and nosebleed.