Data Points

Tracking reported vaping-related illnesses in Bay Area

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Only a few Bay Area residents had been diagnosed with a vaping-related illness as of late September/early October, according to the county health departments. 

While no deaths related to vaping have been reported in the region, statewide, two people have died and 108 hospitalizations are being investigated by the California Department of Public Health, department officials said. 

Nationwide, 1,080 injury cases have been reported and 18 deaths have occurred. 

Here’s the number of vape-related injuries in each Bay Area county:

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1. Alameda County — 4
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2. San Mateo County — 2
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3. Napa County — 1
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4. Solano County — 1
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5. Contra Costa County — 0*
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6. Santa Clara County — 0*
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7. Marin County — 0
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8. San Francisco — 0
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9. Sonoma County — 0
1. Alameda County — 4
2. San Mateo County — 2
3. Napa County — 1
4. Solano County — 1
5. Contra Costa County — 0*
6. Santa Clara County — 0*
7. Marin County — 0
8. San Francisco — 0
9. Sonoma County — 0

Preston Merchant, a spokesman for the San Mateo County Health Department, called the vape-related threats to users’ health a “very complicated and disturbing trend.” He said that public health officials are doing everything they can to identify potential cases and provide the right resources to address the problem.

* Public health officials in Contra Costa and Santa Clara counties said they each have one unconfirmed case. 

Source: Bay Area county health departments, California Department of Public Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention