Number of Ohio vaping illnesses and hospitalizations continues to climb

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Thirteen people have been hospitalized in Ohio for severe lung illnesses after vaping. (Richard B. Levine/Sipa USA/TNS)
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Thirteen people were confirmed to have been hospitalized with severe lung illnesses likely due to vaping, according to the latest numbers released Thursday afternoon by the Ohio Department of Health.

There were two cases each in Summit, Franklin, Hamilton, Richland and Union counties and one each in Jefferson, Lucas and Portage counties.

Additionally, public health officials are looking at 14 illnesses in Ohio that could be linked to vaping.

Nationally, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports over 450 possible cases. There are now six fatalities outside of Ohio.

Laura Hancock, The Cleveland Plain Dealer Dealer, September 12, 2019
Number of Ohio vaping illnesses and hospitalizations continue to climb