LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Clark County has its first confirmed case of a severe respiratory illness linked to vaping in a person under the age of 18.
The Southern Nevada Health District reported the youth was hospitalized with respiratory symptoms, but a pulmonary infection has not been identified. The symptoms the patient was experiencing met the case definition set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The youth was released and is recovering.
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)
Dr. Joe Iser, chief health officer for the health district, says the case is an “unfortunate reminder” of how pervasive e-cigarette items have become and the danger they present to children and the public.
The district advises certain groups against the use of vaping products and e-cigarettes, including:
- Young adults
- Pregnant women
- People who do not currently use tobacco products
Vaping-related illnesses have been reported across the country, with cases number in the hundreds. At least six deaths have been reported. The CDC has not identified any specific substance or e-product linked to all cases, but several patients have reported using e-cigarette products that contain cannabinoid products.