BILLINGS — Two more cases of vaping-related illnesses have emerged in Montana, both in Cascade County, state health officials said Thursday.
This brings Montana's total to seven cases, including a teenager who died in October, according to the Montana Department of Health and Human Services.
The two new Cascade County cases include one teenager, and another young adult in their 20s, both with a history of vaping.
One was hospitalized back in September, and the other treated in an outpatient setting in August.
Montana public health officials say both are recovering.
Nationwide, the Centers for Disease says there are now more than 2,000 vaping-related cases from 49 states, Washington D.C. and one U.S. Territory.
Thirty-nine deaths have been reported in 24 states.
The average age of those who have died is 53, but the ages range from 17 to 75 years old.
The CDC says the latest national and state findings suggest products containing THC, particularly those obtained off the street or from other illicit sources, are linked to most of the cases and play a major role in the outbreak.
“The latest national and state findings suggest products containing THC, particularly those obtained off the street or from other informal sources (e.g. friends, family members, illicit dealers), are linked to most of the cases and play a major role in the outbreak,” the CDC wrote in a report.
In response to rising reports of vaping-related illnesses, Montana Gov. Steve Bullock issued a temporary ban on all flavored vaping products. Vape shops sued to overturn the ban, and a Ravalli County judge temporarily blocked the ban. The two sides presented their cases on whether the ban should go into effect this week.