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Imperial County asthmatics more likely to visit ER
The Desert Sun

Children with asthma in the dusty and impoverished Imperial County south of the Coachella Valley are far more likely to visit the emergency room, costing taxpayers for care often covered by state and federal health care programs.

One in five children ages 5 to 17 in the county has been diagnosed with asthma, which can be managed with medication. The rate of youngsters visiting the emergency room for asthma treatment is three times higher than the state average, according to the California Department of Public Health.