First vaping-related illness reported in Southern Nevada

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The Southern Nevada Health District Wednesday reported Clark County’s first confirmed case of severe respiratory illness linked to e-cigarette products.

The patient, who is under 18, was hospitalized with respiratory symptoms that met the case definition established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 

The patient was released from the hospital and is recovering.

“Identifying a case in a young person who used vaping products that should not have been available to them is an unfortunate reminder of how pervasive these items have become and the danger they pose to our children and the public,” said Dr. Joe Iser, Chief Health Officer for the Southern Nevada Health District in a statement.

Last week Carson City Health and Human Services, Southern Nevada Health District, and Washoe County Health District sent an advisory warning the public of the potential for severe lung illness associated with the use of e-cigarettes, advising people not to use vaping products and e-cigarettes.

The CDC has reported over 450 potential cases of vape-related illnesses across the country, including six deaths. Investigators have not identified any specific product or compound that is linked to all cases. All patients, however, have reported e-cigarette product use or vaping. 

Many of the patients reported vaping THC products, some have reported using both nicotine and THC products. A smaller number have reported using just nicotine, according to the CDC.

The patients who have been hospitalized have reported experiencing a gradual start of symptoms, including:

  • Respiratory symptoms (cough, shortness of breath, or chest pain)
  • Gastrointestinal symptoms (nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea)
  • Non-specific symptoms (fatigue, fever, or weight loss)
Jeniffer Solis
Reporter | Jeniffer was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada where she attended the University of Nevada, Las Vegas before graduating in 2017 with a B.A in Journalism and Media Studies. While at UNLV she was a senior staff writer for the student newspaper, the UNLV Scarlet and Gray Free Press, and a news reporter for KUNV 91.5 FM, covering everything from the Route 91 shooting to UNLV housing. She has also contributed to the UNLV News Center and worked as a production engineer for several KUNV broadcasts before joining the Nevada Current. She’s an Aries.

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