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    Pollution takes heavy toll on Bay Area children with asthma

    Each year, asthma attacks send tens of thousands of California children to the emergency room. Some of the patients face such severe and enduring symptoms that they are admitted to the hospital for days. In 2010, the state had more than 11,000 such admissions, costing an average of $19,000 apiece.

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    Data Center: Childhood asthma hospitalization rate by ZIP code

    Info Graphic: Top 10 hospital admission rates

    Info Graphic: The battle to breath  

    Database: Childhood asthma hospitalization rate by ZIP code
    (Photo by Dan Hallman/Invision/AP Images)
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