GREAT FALLS — Gallatin County has its first confirmed case of a vaping-related pulmonary illness, according to the Gallatin City-County Health Department (GCCHD) and the Montana Department of Public Health & Human Services (DPHHS).
GCCHD said in a press release that a Gallatin County resident in their 20s was hospitalized with the illness in September and is now home recovering. The person has a history of vaping nicotine, THC, and flavor-containing products, the release said.
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Symptoms include coughing, shortness of breath, chest pain, and fatigue. Nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea are also common. Symptoms worsen over a period of days or weeks and do not appear to be caused by a pulmonary infection. Anyone who vapes and is experiencing respiratory issues should promptly consult their provider.
The case in Gallatin County is the second confirmed in Montana. The first case was a person in Yellowstone County in their 30s with a history of vaping nicotine and THC.
On Tuesday, Governor Steve Bullock announced that he has ordered a temporary ban the sale of flavored e-cigarettes in Montana; click here for details.
The federal Centers for Disease Control & Prevention has more information on its website, including this overview: