County Reports 4th Illness Related To Vaping

Latest Case Involves Individual Over 18

Mitch Kelly
October 15, 2019 - 9:38 am

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LAS VEGAS – The Southern Nevada Health District has confirmed a fourth case of severe respiratory illness linked to e-cigarettes in a Clark County resident.

The individual is over the age of 18. The Health District previously reported cases in an individual under the age of 18 and two over the age of 18. The first case confirmed in Clark County was reported in September 2019. 

Among Clark County’s reported cases, one of the individuals reported using e-cigarettes with nicotine products only. Three of the individuals reported using tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) products, and two of the four also reported using cannabinoid (CBD) oils. All of the individuals reported purchasing or acquiring their products from different sources, including friends, retail outlets, and through online purchases.

“This outbreak is an ongoing concern, and the Health District continues to recommend that people refrain from using any e-cigarette or vaping products,” said Dr. Fermin Leguen, Acting Chief Health Officer for the Southern Nevada Health District.

The Health District further recommends these products never be used by youth, young adults, pregnant women, and people who do not currently use tobacco products. People who currently use tobacco products who wish to quit smoking should use FDA-approved therapies. Symptoms associated with the reported illnesses include:

 

  • Respiratory symptoms (cough, shortness of breath, or chest pain)
  • Gastrointestinal symptoms (nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea)
  • Non-specific symptoms (fatigue, fever, or weight loss)

People who use e-cigarettes and experience any of these symptoms are advised to seek medical care right away. People seeking help quitting tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, can contact the Nevada Tobacco Quitline at 1-800-Quit-Now or 1-855-DÉJELO-YA (1-855-335-3569) from a Nevada area code.