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Diagnosis slow in 8 Calif whooping cough deaths
San Francisco Chronicle

An analysis of eight California whooping cough deaths shows doctors were slow to diagnose pertussis in the infants despite several visits to clinics and hospitals.

California Department of Health immunization official Dr. John Talarico recently wrote in a letter to state health care providers that the infants were treated only for nasal congestion or mild upper respiratory infection.