New cases of lung disease associated with vaping

The Minnesota Department of Health today sent an alert to health care providers in response to reports of 11 suspected cases in Minnesota of severe lung injuries associated with vaping.

The vaping cases in Minnesotans ages 14- to 46-years old occurred in June and July, with a median age of 18 years. Diagnosis was made more difficult because the symptoms of the disease can be similar to those of COVID-19. All 11 cases resulted in hospitalizations with some requiring intensive care, including being placed on ventilators.

The patients sought care for symptoms similar to severe COVID-19 infection, including cough and shortness of breath. However, testing found the patients were not infected. Patients also responded to systemic steroid therapy, the treatment for e-cigarette or vaping product use-associated lung injury.

The patients said they had a history of vaping. Most reported vaping THC or tetrahydrocannabinol, the principal and most active ingredient in marijuana. Some reported using nicotine-based products. There are similar reports of a resurgence of lung injury cases in California.

Clinical presentation for EVALI includes shortness of breath, cough, fever, malaise and gastrointestinal symptoms (nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain or diarrhea). Other symptoms reported by some patients included headache, dizziness and chest pain.

Give input on shared watershed plan

Virtual Kick-off Event—Share your thoughts about our local natural resources. 

Over the next two years, eight local governments in Aitkin, Mille Lacs, Kanabec and Pine counties are working to create a shared watershed plan for lakes, rivers, groundwater and natural resources in the Snake River Watershed. As a first step, partners are seeking input from the public on priority issues and actions to include in the regional plan. 

We want to hear from you. Join the conversation by attending one of the virtual kick off events:

- Tuesday, Aug. 4, 10:00-11:30 a.m.

- Thursday, Aug. 6, 5:30-7:00 p.m.

Following a couple presentations on the overall planning process and current characteristics of the watershed, participants will have a chance to share their hopes, concerns and ideas for the watershed with local government staff and other attendees. 

Visit https://www.millelacsswcd.org/snake-river-one-watershed-one-plan/ to sign up.  The meeting sign-in details will be posted on this website.  For further information contact Deanna Pomije Deanna@KanabecSWCD.org 320-679-1391.

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