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DHS confirms more Wisconsin hospitalizations, severe lung disease linked to vaping

State health officials say they’ve received more cases of teenagers and young adults hospitalized with severe lung disease linked to vaping.

Last week the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin confirmed eight teens were hospitalized in July with seriously damaged lungs.

Now that number is up to 11 cases in Door, Racine, Walworth, Dodge, Waukesha and Winnebago counties.

Seven other cases are under further investigation.

“We are currently interviewing patients, all of whom reported recent vaping. Our disease investigators continue to gather information about the names and types of vape products that were used in hopes of determining a common link,” said Wisconsin Department of Health Services Secretary-designee Andrea Palm.