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Lead Crisis in Flint Exposes Continuing Risk to Children Nationwide

Article includes comments from Kim Dietrich, PhD, UC Department of Environmental Health

With half a million young children nationwide known to have blood-lead levels as high as those recorded during the ongoing crisis in Flint, MI, neurologists are being urged to consider and, when appropriate, test for the toxic metal in the process of reaching a differential diagnosis. Flint has been in the news after the city switched its water source from the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department, which supplied treated water from Lake Huron to the Flint River, beginning in April of 2014. The more corrosive river water, which was not treated to lower its pH (acidity), leached lead from the city's aging pipes.

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