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South Dakota reports first two vaping-related illnesses

PIERRE, South Dakota (KTIV) – South Dakota health officials are reporting the state’s first two cases of illnesses related to vaping.

The health department gave no details Monday, September 9, beyond the victims being ages 20 to 24.

Patients typically experienced respiratory symptoms, such as cough, shortness of breath, or chest pain, and may also experience nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fever, or fatigue.

“We will work with patients and healthcare providers to collect information to inform the national outbreak investigation and help CDC identify the cause of these illnesses,” said Dr. Joshua Clayton, state epidemiologist.

U.S. health officials said Friday, September 6, they have identified 450 possible cases of vaping-related illnesses in 33 states, including as many as five deaths.

Many of the illnesses have been linked to use of THC-laden vaping liquids. THC is the high-inducing component of marijuana.

Health officials say people who use e-cigarette products should not buy these products off the street and should not modify e-cigarette products or add any substances that are not intended by the manufacturer, such as illicit THC products.

The Centers for Disease Control has urged people to stop using vaping products while they investigate.

To learn more about the national investigation visit the CDC’s website.

Dean Welte

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