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Lead levels highest among Detroit kids in Michigan

Lead levels highest among Detroit kids in Michigan

Experts say a significant increase in Detroit’s childhood lead poisoning rate, from 7.5 percent in 2015, signals a need for programs to get kids tested and mitigate the effects of lead poisoning.

Detroit had Michigan’s highest proportion of children test positive for lead poisoning – 8.8 percent citywide – in 2016, including one Zip Code where 22 percent of kids tested positive.

Experts say a significant increase in Detroit’s childhood lead poisoning rate, from 7.5 percent in 2015, signals a need for programs to get kids tested and mitigate the effects of lead poisoning.

Detroit was followed by Jackson County, where 7.6 percent of children tested had high blood lead levels in 2016, and Calhoun and St. Joseph counties, both with a rate of 6.4 percent.

Just 1.8 percent of kids tested positive for lead poisoning in Flint, where millions of dollars in state and federal funding has been spent to mitigate the effects of lead-tainted water caused by the city switching its water source in 2014.

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