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Environmental Health

Lead Exposure From Dirty Water Supply In Flint Michigan May Leave Its Mark On KIds

Residents of Flint, Michigan say the city's officials exposed them to lead and other toxins in the 18 months the city got its water from a nearby river. The number of kids with above average lead levels in their blood has doubled. The mayor has declared a state of emergency as the city prepares to deal with long-term effects of lead exposure. As the Washington Post reports:

[Lead] leaves its mark quietly, with a virtually invisible trail. But years later, when a child shows signs of a learning disability or behavioral issues, lead’s prior presence in the bloodstream suddenly becomes inescapable.

In Flint, Mich., there's so much lead in children's blood they've declared a state of emergency