ND - vaping-related illnesses

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North Dakota has confirmed one case of severe vaping-related lung illness -- and six probable cases that are under investigation.

That word from the state Department of Health, which says all cases have a history of e-cigarette product use or vaping.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 36 states and one U-S territory have reported more than 380 potential cases of severe respiratory illness associated with use of e-cigarette or vaping products among teenagers and adults. Seven deaths have been reported from six states. No consistent product, substance, or additive has been identified in all cases, nor has any one product or substance been conclusively linked to severe respiratory illness in patients.

“As the department receives reports, we will continue to gather and analyze the data to help identify the potential cause or causes of these illnesses,” said Kodi Pinks, NDDOH epidemiologist. “We are working closely with the CDC as this illness continues to be investigated. We will continue to provide updates to the public as more information becomes available. “

North Dakota’s DOH 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 e-cigarette use or vaping should call the reporting hotline at 866-207-2880 or visit ndhealth.gov to take the confidential survey.

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