ND Department of Health reports vaping-related illness

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BISMARCK, N.D. - The North Dakota Department of Health is reporting its first case of severe respiratory illness related to prolonged use of electronic cigarettes. North Dakota now joins 25 other states who have reported more than 200 potential cases of severe respiratory illness from e-cigarettes among teenagers and adults.

The department says they’ve received reports of similar symptoms in people ranging from ages 16 to 55. The department says some patients received antibiotics but did not have a positive response. The department didn’t provide more specific information for the patients at this time.

Reported symptoms include cough, fatigue, dizziness, headache, vomiting and diarrhea, chest pain, and worsening difficulty breathing, sometimes requiring intensive care. A variety of vaping products associated with the illnesses have been reported across states.

The NDDoH is asking health care providers to watch for cases of severe respiratory illness and ask about recent vaping and e-cigarette use. Individuals experiencing symptoms and have a history of vaping or e-cigarette use should call the NDDoH at 866-207-2880 or visit ndhealth.gov to take the confidential survey.