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Study quiets alarm over lead


Public health study finds less than 1 per cent of children in a portion of the lower city have significant levels of lead in their blood.   
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Posted by: nookncranny

Despite alarming initial reports, a public health study has found less than 1 per cent of children six-and-under in the lower city have potentially damaging levels of lead in their blood.

The study, which will be presented to the board of health Monday, indicated that six of 643 children tested — or 0.9 per cent — had capillary blood lead levels at or above the Health Canada guidance value, or the value at which follow up actions may be considered to reduce exposure.

These results contrast with initial figures from public health reported by The Spectator in 2008 which indicated that 20 per cent of the first group of children tested had enough lead in their blood to cause permanent developmental damage.

 

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Last Edited: 02/05/2017